A few years ago, I used to participate in a meme called FreeVerse, which was about sharing poetry that we enjoyed or were moved by. I kind of miss writing those posts so I thought I’d start posting occasional poems when the spirit moves me.
Today, I wanted to share a poem by Grace Noll Crowell called I Have Found Such Joy. When I read this poem, it just spoke to me. It has all the qualities that appeal to me in poetry: plain language, truth and simple rhymes. In many ways, I think I’m stuck in childhood when it comes to my appreciation of poetry. I get lost in fancier longer poems, and I don’t like having to figure out what a poet is trying to say.
This particular poem struck me because it captured the feeling I get sometimes—particularly when the house is clean and quiet and I’m about to get a moment to sit down and relax. When this feeling comes, I feel such a sense of contentment and peace. It reminded me that the small quiet moments of life are the ones that often give us the most joy and satisfaction. I hope this poem speaks to you like it did to me … and we find and savor these kinds of simple joys in our lives.
I HAVE FOUND SUCH JOY
I have found such joy in simple things; A plain, clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread, A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings, The shelter of a roof above my head, And in leaf-laced square along the floor, Where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door.
I have found such joy in things that fill My quiet days: a curtain's blowing grace, A potted plant upon my window sill, A rose, fresh-cut and placed within a vase; A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair, And books I long have loved beside me there.
Oh, I have found such joys I wish I might Tell every woman who goes seeking far For some elusive, feverish delight, That very close to home the great joys are: The elemental things—-old as the race, Yet never, through the ages, commonplace.
GRACE NOLL CROWELL