I Can Scarcely Wait

Light splashed this morning
on the shell-pink anemones
swaying on their tall stems;
down blue-spiked veronica
light flowed in rivulets
over the humps of the honeybees;
this morning I saw light kiss
the silk of the roses
in their second flowering,
my late bloomers
flushed with their brandy.
A curious gladness shook me.
So I have shut the doors of my house,
so I have trudged downstairs to my cell,
so I am sitting in semi-dark
hunched over my desk
with nothing for a view
to tempt me
but a bloated compost heap,
steamy old stinkpile,
under my window;
and I pick my notebook up
and I start to read aloud
and still-wet words I scribbled
on the blotted page:
“Light splashed…”

I can scarcely wait till tomorrow
when a new life begins for me,
as it does each day,
as it does each day.
~Stanley Kunitz  “The Round”

It is too easy to be ground to a pulp by the constant irritations of the day – my aggravations are too easily expressed, my worries never seem to wane – all of it sucks gladness out of me. When my feelings become four-dimensional and surround and drown me, I lose all perspective on what got me out of bed to begin the day.

God is in these intricate details, whether the splash of light on a petal or the smell of rotting compost; it is my job to notice this. It is tempting to look past His ubiquitous presence in all things, to seek out only the elegant grandeur of creation and bypass the plain and smelly and homely. Yet even what lacks beauty from my limited perspective is worthy of His divine attention.

He knows the value and purpose of each thing He created, including me and the things that aggravate me no end.

The time has come to be refreshed and renewed
even when surrounded by decay.
His care is revealed in the tiniest way.
He is worthy of my attention because I am constantly worthy of His.

If I rise early enough, I can see each new day’s light splash everything awake. By the time I come in to sit down to record my words and photos, I’m thoroughly washed with a fresh dawn. I can scarcely wait to take on what this day will bring.

A new life begins for me,
as it does each day,
as it does each day.

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6 thoughts on “I Can Scarcely Wait

  1. Dear Emily Thank you as ever for your posts, photos, perceptions that I so appreciate and often send on to others.

    I bought your book and also gave one to a believer for her 80th Birthday, who absolutely loved it – more please from you and your prose and poetry.

    I have written to you in the past – we have now moved from Wales to a house south of Cambridge in the UK – so if you are ever able to travel again??? Please visit

    Blessings and thanks

    Mary Water Pump Corner Church Green Hinxton CB10 1RA

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  2. There are pics of some lovely flowers that I have never seen before, So beautiful. Such beauty that our Creator-God and you, Emily, set before us.
    (One off -the- track comment: at first glance:, I thought the pure white flower (#10) seems to have what appears to be a ‘pelvis.’ Or has my imagination gone awry?)

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  3. Dear Mary, so wonderful to hear from you again! I’m thrilled you and your friend enjoyed the book- we do hope to get to the UK again when COVID settled down, would love to visit you! Blessings, Emily

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