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James Crews: Small Moments

The world is not made only of sorrow

and heartbreak. Something always

slips through the gaps of a given day—

dew, for instance, clinging to blades

of grass newly risen from the lingering

sleep of winter, those droplets soaking

your boots and the legs of your jeans

as you pass through, as proof that you

are here, and belong to this planet.

If that’s not enough, then I give you

buttered sourdough toast smeared

with as much strawberry jam as that

bread can hold, and the first bite

whose burst of summer returns you

to the body, where small moments

like these are stored, like nutrients

leaves pull from the sun as soon

as it breaks through storm clouds,

filling the cracks with gold.

Copyright 2023 James Crews. Originally published in Poetry East.

James Crews’s books include Bluebird (Green Writers Press, 2020) and The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy (Storey Publishing, 2022).

James Crews (Storey Publishing)

9 comments on “James Crews: Small Moments

  1. Sharon C
    May 19, 2023

    Soaking in this poem, I can breathe again and step into the day. Thank you, James, for this life giving moment.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rknester
    April 30, 2023



  3. laureanne2013
    April 30, 2023

    Thank you James. Thank you, Michael.


  4. Lisa Zimmerman
    April 30, 2023

    Another beautiful poem, James ✨Lovely to read this Sunday morning🌞


  5. Barbara Huntington
    April 30, 2023

    Oh, I’m tasting that butter and sourdough and strawberry jam and then there are the snow peas and sweet corn in the garden that never make it up the stairs because they taste so good in their natural surroundings.


  6. Catherine Ruggiero Lanci
    April 30, 2023

    I was lucky to attend a reading James recently gave from his new book, Kindness Will Save the World. His presence and his words were a much needed balm … thank you James


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