20 April 2015


Each one is a gift, no doubt,
mysteriously placed in your waking hand
or set upon your forehead
moments before you open your eyes.

Today begins cold and bright,
the ground heavy with snow
and the thick masonry of ice,
the sun glinting off the turrets of clouds.

Through the calm eye of the window
everything is in its place
but so precariously
this day might be resting somehow

on the ones before it,
all the days of the past stacked high
like the impossible tower of dishes
entertainers used to build on stage.

No wonder you find yourself
perched on the top of a tall ladder
hoping to add one more.
Just another Wednesday

you whisper,
then holding your breath,
place this cup on yesterday's saucer
without the slightest clink.

--Billy Collins

This gave me chills so I felt compelled to share. Today is the first day of Taurus. May you find time for comfort, leisure, enjoying your bed, and delicious eats and drinks. I am mostly vegetarian but craving steak (and red wine). Some of his poems have a bit of a Taurean feel to them but Collins is an Aries (he does, however, have a Taurus stellium of Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus).

Taurus is an earth sign. Speaking of earth, today my oldest received a gift of a beautiful stone from Mt. Everest:

The rain is pouring and my windows are open. One of my favorite sounds. x.

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