All Joys Are Small

by Sharon Corcoran

Yes, our wedding was an eruption of joy,
never to be repeated. But I’m talking
the daily visitations, like a flock
of finches that appears as I emerge,
that circles above the house and me
three times, exactly three, before
heading east and promptly vanishing
against the peaks. The joys
so small they barely register—
the sight of clouds lenticular
advancing over mountains,
a perk of our geography. Coyote choirs.
A cottonwood bedecked with blackbirds,
all with Puerto Rico on their minds.
A spontaneous hug from the one
I’ve been cooped up with every day.
These many joys rain down as grace,
connecting mine to all lives,
mycelia groping through the wet
and giving ground.

From The Two Worlds: Poems.
Middle Creek Publishing and Audio, 2021.

Read this and other poems by Sharon Corcoran in The Two Worlds, available for purchase online.

The Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, has famously said: “Joy is the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” In other words, the surface happiness of having things go our way, or finding all our desires fulfilled, can never match