Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"All Day I Did the Little Things ..."

The Blue Bowl

All day I did the little things,
The little things that do not show;
I brought the kindling for the fire
I set the candles in a row,
I filled a bowl with marigolds,
The shallow bowl you love the best --
And made the house a pleasant place
Where weariness might take its rest.

The hours sped on, my eager feet
Could not keep pace with my desire.
So much to do, so little time!
I could not let my body tire;
Yet, when the coming of the night
Blotted the garden from my sight,
And on the narrow, graveled walks
Between the guarding flower stalks
I heard your step: I was not through
With services I meant for you.

You came into the quiet room
That glowed enchanted with the bloom
Of yellow flame. I saw your face,
Illumined by the firelit space,
Slowly grow still and comforted --
"It's good to be at home," you said.

   - Blanche Bane Kuder
Some days we never finish all that we intend to do. But the reward of a husband returning home -- one man happy to be in the embrace of his woman, content to sleep under faded comforters and eat simple meals -- seems to make every chore, every project, every list worthwhile and even enjoyable.
A dear friend of mine shared this poem -- I couldn't help but fall in love with it.
Love and blessings,


  1. What a lovely poem, it says everything that is meaningful.

    1. Hello, sweet Miss Barbara!!

      I agree -- it says everything that is meaningful and I am glad you enjoyed it!

  2. How sweet... Having a happy man makes everything worth it, I agree :)

    1. :)

      It is! I know your hubby is very happy with all the spring cleaning going on in your home!!

  3. Dear Frannie, I love this poem, I first discovered it in an old book, (it was actually an old boxed set of Shakespeare I found in a curiosity shop in Newent Gloucestershire, England. Two years ago) hand written on a piece of old paper and looks like signed by the author. I had never heard of her till today, when I "googled" it !!Then I found your lovely site, and thought I would share this with you. I copied this poem out for my lovely man, on his birthday card. Yours Chrissie

  4. Ps, It is Titled "Reward" but seems to be generally Known as "The Blue Bowl"


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Frannie Anne

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