Tuesday, September 8, 2009



I Am Learning To Abandon the World

by Linda Pastan

I am learning to abandon the world
before it can abandon me.
Already I have given up the moon
and snow, closing my shades
against the claims of white.
And the world has taken
my father, my friends.
I have given up melodic lines of hills,
moving to a flat, tuneless landscape.
And every night I give my body up
limb by limb, working upwards
across bone, towards the heart.
But morning comes with small
reprieves of coffee and birdsong.
A tree outside the window
which was simply shadow moments ago
takes back its branches twig
by leafy twig.
And as I take my body back
the sun lays its warm muzzle on my lap
as if to make amends. and birdsong can make up for a lot.


  1. that's a great shot! and i think including a poem is brilliant.

  2. beautiful shot and the poem is just incredible. Love it!

  3. I've never read this poem and it's just perfect with your photo.....

  4. gorgeous fitting and beautiful

    gorgeous shot too - beautiful lines and lushness

  5. I love this photo. To me it is just beautiful.

  6. the ivy is holing it up I suppose...

    "the sun lays its warm muzzle on my lap
    as if to make amends."...YES!!

  7. love the words "the sun lays its warm muzzle on my lap as if to make amends". i will be carrying that image with me over the next few days. it is just wonderful! your old barn photo is great as well. it is a place i would love to visit and explore with my camera.

  8. The sheer delight on my face would shine for day if I discovered such a hidden beauty as this.
    There is something magical about your photo

  9. Perfect poem and your shot is fabulous.

  10. What a lovely pairing the photo and the poem make! I'm imagining all the creatures that might be living inside that abandoned barn, making it useful again.

  11. Very fitting abandonment all the way around!

  12. Thank you for sharing this poem with us along with your gorgeous photo...I will be reading more of Linda Pastan's poems after reading this...

  13. beautiful words to go with a beautiful photo.

  14. VERY nice! Yes... coffee and birdsong DO make up for a lot. I need to write that down and stick it somewhere ...

  15. Donna, once again you've written a beautiful poem to go with your beautiful photograph. And yes, coffee and birdsong are indeed a lovely way to begin the day.

  16. The image you took was great without the Poem...BUT perfect with it...
    It is amazing what smallest thing can make our day!


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