Simple Gifts


‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,

To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

– Shaker Hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett, 1848

Friday poetry to spur some deep thoughts for your weekend. Truthfully I don’t quite understand this one, which is as poetry should be. I like the feel of it; and I like the idea that simplifying creates space for us to move and grow, even “to bow and to bend” in humility, and ultimately to get where we need to go.

We also needed to counterbalance all the talk of hoarding. My official stance is to throw away your lapel pins.

I came across this poem on Hillary Butler’s site. She’s a lovely Memphis artist you should check out. (Don’t know her personally, but the kids gave one of her pieces to Mama Rote last Mother’s Day. And she’s offering free shipping through today if you’re looking for a valentine for your honey or yourself!)

Other valentine’s gift ideas: yummy chocolates made by nuns! And since most of you, dear readers, are ladies, Israel suggests a nice bottle of Macallan scotch as a gift for your valentine. Guys are straightforward. Simple gifts indeed.

[Here’s a beautiful recording of Simple Gifts by Yo Yo Ma and Alison Krauss for your contemplative pleasure. Have a great weekend!]