Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "Dusting" by Marilyn Nelson


Thank you for these tiny
particles of ocean salt,
pearl-necklace viruses,
winged protozoans:
for the infinite,
intricate shapes
of submicroscopic
living things.

For algae spores
and fungus spores,
bonded by vital
mutual genetic cooperation,
spreading their
inseparable lives
from equator to pole.

My hand, my arm,
make sweeping circles.
Dust climbs the ladder of light.
For this infernal, endless chore,
for these eternal seeds of rain:
Thank you. For dust.

--Marilyn Nelson


Larri said...

Wonderfully amusing...especially since today is Dusting Day in our home. :o) Happy Tuesday!

Lin said...

Thank you, dust, for giving me something to do once a week.

My Mind's Eye said...

When were you at my house? MOL
Mom says she knows she must dust when my paw prints are on the furniture.
Hugs to you Zelda, Mabel and that precious Maddie,
Madi and Mom

Leah J. Utas said...

Even dust has its beauty.

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful!!!!! What precious particles - "these eternal seeds of rain"!! I have new found respect for dust even if they make me sneeze!! Take care

Out on the prairie said...

Live on a rock road in the country and none is to conquer that dust.At the cabin when you dust, it is back on in a moment.Posted a few more barns for you.

Baby Sister said...

That was cute. I really liked it. :)

Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

Something I've never been thankful for, but I'm blessed with so much of it!

ethelmaepotter! said...

“It’s okay to let your children write their names in the dust on the furniture as long as they don’t add the year.” - Phyllis Diller

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Without dust, the Swiffer people would go out of business!

floweringmama said...

Oh Betty, only you could make something as disgusting and aggravating as dusting an almost beautiful thing.

Kazzy said...

I love the way dust is romanticized. very cool.

Momma Fargo said...

Very mind provoking poem! Simple things...simple pleasures. Love it.

Connie said...

HA! I don't think I ever thought to be grateful for dust before. It is useful in the clouds when we need rain, but I don't give it much thought otherwise. :)

Sarah said...

Who'd know dust can too be poetic subject? Cute!

Marlene said...

Fungus spores?! Aaack!

Joann Mannix said...

I'm grateful for a lot of little blessings, a good song on the radio, morning coffee, a blue sky, but I've never thought about being grateful for dust. I think I'm missing out.

Poetry of the Day said...

i love this.

~ <3 Famous Poetry about life <3~

Entre Nous said...

How would I find all the cat toys without it..... :}

Anonymous said...

Have no idea why but this reminded me of La Vie Boheme from Rent...I have no idea where my head is haha.

Good poem


Catherine said...

Well what a happy way to look at dust! There's always a silver lining in live it would seem... ;)
xo Catherine