165th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 165th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Wislawa Szymborska from View With a Grain of Sand:

Miracle Fair (page 165-6)

The commonplace miracle: 
that so many common miracles take place. 

The usual miracle: 
invisible dogs barking
in the dead of night. 

One of many miracles: 
a small and airy cloud 
is able to upstage the massive moon. 

Several miracles in one: 
an alder is reflected in the water 
and is reversed from left to right 
and grows from crown to root 
and never hits bottom 
though the water isn't deep. 

A run-of-the-mill miracle: 
winds mild to moderate 
turning gusty in storms. 

A miracle in the first place: 
cows will be cows. 

Next but not least:
just this cherry orchard
from just this cherry pit.

A miracle minus top hat and tails: 
fluttering white doves.
A miracle (what else can you call it): 
the sun rose at three fourteen a.m.
and will set at one past eight.

A miracle that's lost on us: 
the hand actually has fewer than six fingers 
but still it's got more than four. 

A miracle, just take a look around: 
an inseparable earth. 

An extra miracle, extra and ordinary: 
the unthinkable 
can be thought.

What do you think?


  1. I tend to think about such miracles in nature when I am out in it so I really appreciate the imagery in this one.

  2. I really like this, because it encourages us to see the miraculous in things we would never think of that way! (actually I have a poetry post scheduled for 9/16 on the very same thing!) :–)
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  3. The phrase “an extra miracle” makes me smile.