Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug

for the grace
to leave the tilted
candle crooked on the roof
of the rustic Nativity stable
To leave the leaf
on the spotless

But no!
He it is ever
to correct the flaws
no one else can even see
or if they do won’t notice
out of lazy courtesy
It is ever his
to mend

mind you
out of real care
but for the love of order
For in order lies control
And for control
one stoops

he can see
his hard reflection
in the graceful celebration
of warmly mingled friends
Eye on the absent
Hand on the


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Reflection

  1. kiwiskan says:

    extremely insightful. May we all have the grace to accept ‘imperfection’ in our lives


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