Thursday, 10 March 2011

I Have Found Such Joy

I Have Found Such Joy – Grace Noll Crowell

I have found such joy in simple things;
A plain, clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread
A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings,
The shelter of a roof above my head,
And in a leaf-laced square along the floor,
Where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door.

I have found such joy in things that fill
My quiet days: a curtain’s blowing grace,
A potted plant upon my window sill,
A rose, fresh-cut and placed within a vase;
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair,
And books I long have loved beside me there.

Oh, I have found such joys I wish I might
Tell every woman who goes seeking far
For some elusive, feverish delight,
That very close to home the great joys are:
The elemental things–old as the race,
Yet never, through the ages, commonplace.

My friend sent me a copy of this poem last year and it has been on my fridge ever since. It is particularly important to me at the moment as I find myself daily longing for sunshine, a full night sleep and a decision on our future. The poem brings me back to the 'here and now' and helps me refocus and enjoy the simple life of a home maker.

I hope you find joy in it too.

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