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Poetry Friday: I Want to Write Something So Simply by Mary Oliver

January 3rd, 2014 (07:00 am)
excited

Current Mood: excited
Current Song: Suspicion score music

I want to write something
so simply
about love
or about pain
that even
as you are reading
you feel it
and as you read
you keep feeling it
and though it be my story
it will be common,
though it be singular
it will be known to you
so that by the end
you will think -
no, you will realize -
that it was all the while
yourself arranging the words,
that it was all the time
words that you yourself,
out of your heart
had been saying.

- I Want to Write Something So Simply by Mary Oliver

Many thanks to Courtney Sheinmel for bringing this poem to my attention.

I've posted poems by Mary Oliver here before, such as The Uses of Sorrow and Starlings in Winter.

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Posted by: Betsy Hubbard (Betsy Hubbard)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is amazing at how she can wrap us up in her words so tight you think they are your own. Loved this.
Have you read "Swan, Poems and Prose" by Mary Oliver? It is my favorite.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Mary Oliver
believe

Thank you for the recommendation! I have read some of her poetry, but have yet to check out a full collection.

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: January 4th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)

My first book for 2014 was A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver.
LOVE her writing style! LOVE this one!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)

Nice way to kick off the new year!

Posted by: Michelle@Today'sLittleDitty (mdhbarnes)
Posted at: January 4th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)

She sums up so well the wishes of so many of us here at PF.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)

Agreed.

Posted by: (ext_1666092)
Posted at: January 5th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
Great Oliver Poem!

Thanks for sharing this one...haven't seen it in a while. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 5th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: Great Oliver Poem!

So grateful that I found it - Thanks, Courtney!

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