Just Thinking Poem by William Stafford

Just Thinking

Rating: 3.5


Got up on a cool morning. Leaned out a window.
No cloud, no wind. Air that flowers held
for awhile. Some dove somewhere.

Been on probation most of my life. And
the rest of my life been condemned. So these moments
count for a lot--peace, you know.

Let the bucket of memory down into the well,
bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No one
stirring, no plans. Just being there.

This is what the whole thing is about.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Stephen Shindler 03 February 2012

My farts smell real bad, for real.

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John Tiong Chunghoo 25 March 2006

yes sometime it is. morning calm the way to start the day

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Rajnish Manga 07 July 2017

Life presents so many tides, trials and tribulations through out its journey. Still it has much to cherish. Let the bucket of memory down into the well, bring it up. Cool, cool minutes.....

2 9 Reply
Galina Italyanskaya 06 April 2017

We all live with it: tested to be condemned or sometimes approved. It doesn't feel like freedom. Constant pressure. And such peaceful moments are most welcome.

2 7 Reply
Bernard F. Asuncion 07 July 2017

It's nice to think about the realities of life and learn a lesson or two... Thanks for posting.....

1 8 Reply
Adeeb Alfateh 03 February 2020

good writing beautiful poem

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Mahtab Bangalee 20 December 2019

the morning of the winter was snow white- angelic coolness came refreshed the biting cold mind sun shined the inside warmth

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smal dic 18 April 2019

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Seamus O Brian 07 July 2017

Punctuated, clipped expression with a few moving metaphors. On the whole expresses his appreciation of the existential moment in an appreciable manner. What we are invited to contemplate seems to have more substance than the invitation itself, though that s likely the intent of the author. Nicely done.

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Edward Kofi Louis 07 July 2017

Being there! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

2 7 Reply
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