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Poetry Friday: Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver

December 14th, 2012 (07:00 am)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: When You Wake Me Up by Ed Sheeran

Chunky and noisy,
but with stars in their black feathers,
they spring from the telephone wire
and instantly

they are acrobats
in the freezing wind.
And now, in the theater of air,
they swing over buildings,

dipping and rising;
they float like one stippled star
that opens,
becomes for a moment fragmented,

then closes again;
and you watch
and you try
but you simply can't imagine

how they do it
with no articulated instruction, no pause,
only the silent confirmation
that they are this notable thing,

this wheel of many parts, that can rise and spin
over and over again,
full of gorgeous life.
Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,

even in the leafless winter,
even in the ashy city.
I am thinking now
of grief, and of getting past it;

I feel my boots
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard, I want

to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

- Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver

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Posted by: Jama Rattigan (jamarattigan)
Posted at: December 14th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)

Ah, thanks for the Mary Oliver fix today, LW! Breathtakingly beautiful -- and I don't particularly like starlings. What exquisite word pictures she's drawn. Stunning . . .

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 14th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)

Thanks for reading! Happy Friday to you.

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