Be Ready

788739EF-9B34-4D1E-B754-9C2728EB4007You Reading This, Be Ready

by William Stafford

Starting here, what do you want to remember?

How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?

What scent of old wood hovers, what softened

sound from outside fills the air?


Will you ever bring a better gift for the world

than the breathing respect that you carry

wherever you go right now? Are you waiting

for time to show you some better thoughts?


When you turn around, starting here, lift this

new glimpse that you found; carry into evening

all that you want from this day. This interval you spent

reading or hearing this, keep it for life –


What can anyone give you greater than now,

starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice reminder to start the day. Thank you.

    1. Sigrun says:

      My pleasure 🙂

  2. KM Huber says:

    One of my favorite poets. I had the pleasure, years ago, of hearing him read.

  3. I love the photo!

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