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Poetry Friday: Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

March 4th, 2016 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Stuck in a Glass Elevator by Myriad

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

- Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Listen to Mary Oliver read her poem Wild Geese on the program Listening to the World

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Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: March 5th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)

It's always a good thing for any day to read this poem by Mary Oliver. I do like to think I am in that "family of things".

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 5th, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Gratitude

I enjoy Mary Oliver's work, indeed.

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