The Patience of Ordinary Things

Window - Summer Morning - Dorset by Fanny Rush Oil on Canvas, 67cm x 67cm

Window - Summer Morning - Dorset by Fanny Rush
Oil on Canvas, 67cm x 67cm

The Patience of Ordinary Things
by Pat Schneider

It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes.  How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?

Poem is from Another River: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2005 by Pat Schneider. Amherst Writers & Artists Press. Reprinted with permission of author. 

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Pat Schneider is a poet, playwright, librettist, and author of ten books, including How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice and Another River: New and Selected Poems. She is the founder and an alumna of Amherst Writers & Artists, and, for 30 years, she was an adjunct faculty member at Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. See more at patschneider.com. (Photo credit: Nina Bramall)


Fanny Rush is a London-based painter known for her portraiture and other paintings. Her published works include Fanny Rush: Portraits and The Patience of Ordinary Things. See her work at fannyrush.com.