“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

Monday, January 30, 2012

This Kaleidoscope

This kaleidoscope that Janet gave me
twenty years ago
has never left my desk —
whatever desk, in whatever house.

Tiny gold tube
in slim black drawstring bag
of hard-wearing felt
(more like charcoal grey by now)

it’s a miniature kaleidoscope,
designed for reminding me
of childhood dreams
with grown-up elegance.

I hold it to the light
and turn the end.
The coloured lumps of glass
tumble, forming flowers and stars.

4 comments:

  1. I'm fascinated by kaleidoscopes. They are definitely grownup toys! We were given one as a gift, but one of our grandchildren accidentally dropped it. I'm assuming whenever you see it, Janet comes to mind.

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  2. Yes, a fond connection to an old friend.

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  3. cool gift. nice continuity between houses.

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