In the Keep of Rainy Mornings

February 4, 2016

Crocuses with raindrops

Crocuses with raindrops

by Raymond Carver

Woke up this morning with
a terrific urge to lie in bed all day
and read.  Fought against it for a minute.

Then looked out the window at the rain.
And gave over.  Put myself entirely
in the keep of this rainy morning.

Would I live my life over again?
Make the same unforgiveable mistakes?
Yes, given half a chance.  Yes.

I can see myself in this poem.  I can easily give myself over to books.  I can’t keep up with all the tantalizing titles that pass through my hands at work.  A couple of days ago, I shelved a book called The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley.  By the time I got home and went online to place the book on hold, I couldn’t remember the exact title.  So I searched the library’s online catalogue for “signs of the seasons.”  I did find the book I was looking for, but some other intriguing titles, too — Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: from Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh; Iambics of Newfoundland; The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire, and Soul; and Nature-Speak.  So I added those titles to my request list as well. Is it no wonder I can’t stay ahead of my reading?



3 Responses to “In the Keep of Rainy Mornings”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    There has been a recent spate of posts detailing how the 2016 reading project is going. How people manage to have read ten, twenty, or even more books by now is an astonishment to me. I have trouble settling down to read even one. I’m coming to realize that I do read — a good bit — but most of it is related to my writing, and the research I do. That’s not bad, just different. I think it may be the same dynamic that turned me against tv. I’d rather be doing than watching.

    I also suspect part of it is age. Soon enough, I’ll not be able to drive, to get out and about. There will be time enough for reading then. Now, I want to move, to see, to experience — while I can.

  2. Diana Studer Says:

    I’d read all day … but not lying in bed.
    I envy you your library, but I’m enjoying ours.

  3. Alice Shoemaker Says:

    Interesting notes today — on these rainy days I often think to myself “I want to read the books piled by my bed” — I have some good ones. But then I force myself to get up to do chores like paper work, getting tax papers together, then the phone, a visitor, and here it is: 11:45 p.m.! Better get to bed and read a book — for a few minutes — it turns out–before going to sleep. Maybe I will plan ahead and set aside a specific morning to just read — but oh no, not tomorrow — there is that 11 a.m. dentist appointment. I enjoy your column. And good nite. P.S. there IS c-span on weekends with all those book reviews and authors coming up!

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