Click on each of the pictures above for a poem.
THE PATIENCE OF ORDINARY THINGS
It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?
~ Pat Schneider
Another River: New and Selected Poems
Amherst Writers & Artists Press
Window – Summer Morning – Dorset by Fanny Rush
Oil on Canvas, 67cm x 67cm
*The painting above the stairs in Pat’s home is by one of Britain’s most preeminent artists, Fanny Rush. She contacted Pat to request using “The Patience of Ordinary Things” as a theme poem in the catalogue, and as title for her upcoming show, and made a gift of a print of the painting for Pat. Her work can be seen at www.fannyrush.com.