On Perception

Keith Ragone woodmerecollection.org

Keith Ragone woodmerecollection.org

The tiny tree frog
sits in the petunia blossom
watching the world pass by 
                 a slice of fresh lime
                 in a bowl of sangria
drunk with all of the beauty
unlikely to offer the croak
for the host’s toast

It’s far better to be
a star-watcher than a star
a half-note not a symphony
                  the pinch of pepper
                  brightens the peach
so that when the pie’s gone
the guests are likely to say
What a sweet treat!

“It’s in the imagination
with which you perceive this world,
and the gestures with which you honor it.” ~Mary Oliver


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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3 Responses to On Perception

  1. cheryl622014 says:

    I love the picture – well both of them!

    Liked by 1 person

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