Poetry Friday is being held at Reading to the Core.
Throughout Oregon this month, there have been reading of William Stafford’s poems. It’s his birthday month. One of my favorite pomes is “Ask Me.” I share it today remembering how lucky I was to know this man.
Ask Me by William Stafford
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.