Get Well, Kay!


We were saddened to learn recently about former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's bike accident near her home in Fairfax, and all the more so by the extent of her injuries. While it sounds as though she is healing, we know all too well that the road to recovery requires its share of patience.


Patience is
wider than one
once envisioned,
with ribbons
of rivers
and distant
ranges and
tasks undertaken
and finished
with modest
relish by
natives in their
native dress.
Who would
have guessed
it possible
that waiting
is sustainable --
a place with
its own harvests.
Or that in
time's fullness
the diamonds
of patience
couldn't be
from the genuine
in brilliance
or hardness.

(from Kay Ryan, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems)

Best (and patient!) wishes from all of us at Diesel as you mend.