I Almost Saw a Rabbit Today

Let’s all go in together and buy Greenland.

I doubt YOU would leave your chair empty at the G7 and say that you already know all about the environment.

This week, thanks to that wonderful soul Pat Barnes, I’m letting the gift of the late Toni Morrison speak to and for us. Thank you, Pat, for sending me the following quote:

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”

Even if we feel we can do little-to-nothing to stop the damage, within it we can place that which is good, sustaining, beautiful, caring.

I Almost Saw a Rabbit Today

He was wearing a Boursin homburg hat
and the sky was coated in blue after a night,
clear, dappled with stars, a crescent moon’s

arc all but rocking slowly under Venus’s
modest vigil. He looked at me. I waved.
Then the angels, four of them, got up and

walked from the porch, picked up
the horseshoes and began a game.
It was quiet, silent really, silent as

the stars’ light, except for the ring
of the clink after each angel’s fling,
one horseshoe after another clinging

to the rusty iron stakes. The rabbit
sat up, watched a dozen tosses, then
hopped on, none of us thinking

it wise or kind to follow. When one
of the angels missed, the game ended,
and back on the porch we talked it over.

–Jack Ridl

from Saint Peter and the Goldfinch (Wayne State University Press)

Two new collections you will appreciate, ones that attend to what we deserve to attend to–

Elizabeth S.E. McBride’s Most Beautiful: Inspired by the Village of Glen Arbor and The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, is a collection of her writings and the art of Connie Cronenwett, and can be ordered through The Poetry Box.

Phillip Sterling’s Amateur Husbandry from Mayapple Press (Preorder October 1)


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Visit Reader’s World or Hope-Geneva Bookstore in Holland, The Bookman in Grand Haven, the Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo, and The Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague to find Jack’s books in West Michigan.

Jack’s page on Amazon.

Click here to subscribe to receive Jack’s poems and news in your inbox.

Click here for Jack’s entire collection, In Time — poems for the current administration.

Click here to watch Jack’s TedX talk.

Jack at Fetzer Institute on Kindness.

Jack at Fetzer Institute on Everyday Forgiveness.

Jack at Fetzer Institute on Empathy.

Jack Ridl at Fetzer Institute on Suffering and Love.

Beyond Meaning with Jack Ridl, C3: West Michigan’s Spiritual Connection

8 thoughts on “I Almost Saw a Rabbit Today

  1. This is one of my favorites. And I love the quote from Toni Morrison! Thank you for continually urging us onward. Mary


  2. Week by week I don’t think it can get any worse from him. And yet it does. I continue to take great solace from you each week.

    • It truly is an insult to anyone like yourself who carries
      kindness, care, and soulfulness, Linda. I
      am glad I can help if only a bit.

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