The Mad Fishicist

A fly rodding, sheep stalking, moose calling, guitar trying, bird watching, fly tying, Katie loving stay-at-home-dad.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Ask Me

by William Stafford

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.

I pulled Sophia in her sled to the frozen Lowe River today. She kept asking about the "wawa." I told her it was under the snow. Then we both got in the sled and rode down the bank and across the river. Twice.


Blogger Matt said...

Stafford...Oregon's poet laureate, very nice.

Monday, February 19, 2007 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

i think your parents gave me his book when i moved to ak

Monday, February 19, 2007 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Belle Etoile said...

Reminds me of last week when she requested that you get in the sled with her and I pull you two around...

I'm glad she's loving that sled so much, and that you're taking the time to encourage her.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 5:48:00 AM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

I am transported to your amazing and beautiful. Thanks--your posts are worth the daily wait!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 5:59:00 AM  
Blogger opax said...

"But, though there lives within my breast such respect for, such love of truth, there is nothing I would rather learn than the why of the River's unknown headwaters, hidden for many eons."

- Lucan, Pharsalia. Translated by Jane Wilson Joyce

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 6:32:00 AM  
Blogger coolskool said...

Beautiful picture, beautiful words....sounds too cold for me.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 7:06:00 AM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

Opax- Thanks for the quote. It's perfect. Strongly reminds me of another book you may be familiar with lately. Have you read Pharsalia in Finnish?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 8:08:00 AM  
Blogger Belle Etoile said...

Yes, I agree TMF. I thought for sure it was a quote from River Why.

Beautiful choice Opax.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 8:23:00 AM  
Blogger realityjunkie said...

Gorgeous. I love love love it.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous opax said...

It is the Ask Me that is perfect. Too perfect. Parking place perfect? Inexplicably perfect?

Pharsalia: no, I have only read two pages of it.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 4:26:00 PM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

i'm thinking of editing an anthology called poems i wish i wrote. ask me would be on the last page.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More than what we see here is the world to come...
KJ Mat 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Keep the Faith. Aren't fish a heathan greek fertility symbol? LOL naaaw. Pretty cool blogs Jeff Vincelette
hmmm... let me see what this net brings in?

Friday, February 23, 2007 12:33:00 AM  

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