The twenty-fourth Moon Prize this lovely day after the full moon goes to Elise Stuart's poem "All the little things," posted on Writing In A Woman's Voice on May 27, 2018 and worth rereading today for a reminder to pay attention and by doing so to reinforce the magic of reality.
All the little things
by Elise Stuart
like watering the strawberries and currants,
because they are up and leafing,
or carrying the wicker basket,
full of wet clothes,
down the steps and out by the trees.
One could miss the way
the fingers squeeze together
the top of the clothespin to
attach the seam of the blue shirt
to the swaying clothesline.
One could miss the moment,
when the sprinkler is moved around,
that each small strawberry plant drinks in water,
up from its root tips.
One could miss these details of care,
one could look back over the day and say only
I washed the clothes,
I watered the garden.
One could miss all of these―
how the brown socks are
carefully laid out to dry.
I don't want to go on about it
but isn't it the small things,
the little acts of love,
that keep this
joyous, heartrending world
spinning on its axis?
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"All the little things" is from Elise Stuart's poetry collecion Another Door Calls.
Elise Stuart moved to Silver City in 2005, and her heart opened to the desert. She found the creative current to be strong in this southwest corner of New Mexico, and she found beauty in the land and rivers and sky and in the people who live here. In 2014, when she was chosen Poet Laureate of Silver City, she envisioned young people expressing themselves through poetry so during the next three years, so she gave over a hundred workshops to youth. She continues with this work.