Make the Ordinary Come Alive by William Martin
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
From The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
photograph Rose Cook
I will be reading as part of this event. Here is one of my poems from the anthology:
I am slow.
I am sway.
I am echo.
The great earth holds me.
I am ship. I am flow.
My bones are of whales.
I am large and grateful. I move with no hurry.
There is time. We have time.
Watch my eye. With it I see you and the shine of colour,
which fills me till my grey skin rustles.
I know there is an always happiness here
even in the mud. The frog knows.
We will go in procession.
Follow and feel the rhythm of my walk.
My steps sway you,
I will rock you to beyond yourself.
Be more than you have ever been.
Be what you have always been.
Be with me.
Be with me.
Follow. Follow me.
by Rose Cook