Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Things to Think by Robert Bly

One of the hardest things to do is to change the way we think, to reframe our knee jerk reaction to things like a telephone ringing or a knock at the door is yet another unwanted interruption.  This poem, by Robert Bly, from his collection Morning Poems is a wonderful reminder to allow miracles to come in wonderful ways, to be open to the moment, whatever the moment may be.  To be soft and to trust . . .

Things to Think

Think in ways you've never thought before.
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you've ever heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.
Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he's carrying on his antlers
A child of your own whom you've never seen.
When someone knocks on the door, think that he's about
To give you something large: tell you you're forgiven,
Or that it's not necessary to work all the time,
Or that it's been decided that if you lie down no one will die.

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