Pilgrimpace's Blog


the reminder
December 26, 2010, 10:57 am
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: ,

While I watch the Christmas blaze

Paint the room with ruddy rays,

Something makes my vision glide

To the frosty scene outside.

.

There to reach a rotting berry,

Toils a thrush – constrained to very

Dregs of food by sharp distress,

Taking such with thankfulness.

.

Why, O starving bird, when I

One day’s joy would justify,

And put misery out of view,

Do you make me notice you?

Thomas Hardy

 

 

Advertisements

2 Comments so far
Leave a comment

Terrific poem by Hardy. The last verse reminds me of William Blake. May we always be sensitive enough to notice distress, and motivated enough to do something about it.

Comment by solitary walker

It’s good isn’t it. I stumbled upon it in The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems of all places (it’s not in the Penguin Selected Poems of Hardy). And it is so important to remember that we cannot cut ourselves off from distress of others (and that nature – as well as the news or encounters with people – can teach us this).

Andy

Comment by pilgrimpace




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: