One World at a Time




The porch swing hangs fixed in a morning sun
that bleaches its gray slats, its flowered cushion
whose flowers have faded, like those of summer,
and a small brown spider has hung out her web
on a line between porch post and chain
so that no one may swing without breaking it.
She is saying it’s time that the swinging were done with,
time that the creaking and pinging and popping
that sang through the ceiling were past,
time now for the soft vibrations of moths,
the wasp tapping each board for an entrance,
the cool dewdrops to brush from her work
every morning, one world at a time.
~Ted Kooser “Porch Swing in September”




One thought on “One World at a Time

  1. That porch looks so inviting. I could sit there and get lost in peaceful thought for hours.

    “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NAB).

    (“One world at a time.?” No multi-tasking needed.)

    Nature certainly knows what ‘she’ is doing. All things are in place and on schedule as the Supreme Architect intended. Sometimes, however, a break occurs in that usually perfect rhythm. Is that done as a reminder to us that we are not in charge of how and why things are done in the universe? Or are we being reminded in demonstrable and often catastrophic ways that our greed and carelessness are destroying forever the beautiful, fragile gifts that our Creator has provided for us to enjoy during our earthly sojurn?


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