Poetry Friday: Ask Me

One of my favorite William Stafford poems is the following:

Ask Me

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.

A tribute to William Stafford can be found along the Willamette River at Foothills Park In Lake Oswego, Oregon.  There are nine basalt columns with his poetry engraved upon them.Poetry Friday is being held at  Wild Rose Reader. Head over to see what others offer today.

Happy Friday.

Happy Reading.


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4 Responses to Poetry Friday: Ask Me

  1. Marilyn says:

    I do like William Stafford’s poems, but didn’t know there was a tribute in Lake Oswego. I will definitely stop by there sometime.

  2. Lisa Nowak says:

    Those columns are really cool.

  3. Mary Lee says:

    I’d love to see those columns!

  4. Toby Speed says:

    It’s one of my faves, too. Thanks for sharing it, Jone, and for the river exhibit photos.

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