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the reminder
December 26, 2010, 10:57 am
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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




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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).


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