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Poetry Friday: Next Time by Mary Oliver

November 7th, 2014 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: North by Northwest score music by Bernard Herrmann

Next time what I'd do is look at
the earth before saying anything. I'd stop
just before going into a house
and be an emperor for a minute
and listen better to the wind
    or to the air being still.

When anyone talked to me, whether
blame or praise or just passing time,
I'd watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.

And for all, I'd know more -- the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over
forest and water, and for every person
the body glowing inside the clothes
    like a light.

- Mary Oliver

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Posted by: dmayr (dmayr)
Posted at: November 7th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Mary Oliver

She certainly has a way of making us slow down and think about what we're seeing and doing!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 7th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Mary Oliver

I concur.

Observe, recognize, and appreciate.

Posted by: Tara Smith (Tara Smith)
Posted at: November 8th, 2014 12:15 am (UTC)
Mary Oliver

The world is a better place because we have Mary Oliver. Thank you for sharing this one.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 8th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Mary Oliver


Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: November 8th, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)

It is so very important to be present in each moment. (I am feeling the computer keys under my finger tips. I am listening to my stomach growl. I am smelling the spaghetti on the stove.)

Thank you!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 9th, 2014 09:09 am (UTC)

There's no time like the present.

Please pass the spaghetti. :)

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