Sunday – full of annoying symptoms, from tearing eyes to a rash on my wrist to swollen finger tips to the trots. But the sun was shining and I went back to paint and memorize another favorite poem. It helps me to remember how much there is to praise and be grateful for. Besides, posting about chemo and cancer all the time is kind of a drag.
It’s called White Heron by John Ciardi
What lifts the heron leaning on the air
I praise without a name. A crouch, a flare,
a long stroke through the cumulus of trees,
a shaped thought at the sky–then gone. O rare!
Saint Francis, being happiest on his knees,
would have cried Father! Cry anything you please
But praise. By any name or none. But praise
the white original burst that lights
the heron on his two soft kissing kites.
When saints praise heaven lit by doves and rays,
I sit by pond scums till the air recites
It’s heron back. And doubt all else. But praise.