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Poetry Friday: Invitation by Mary Oliver

September 20th, 2019 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: restless
Current Song: Flowers by James Spaite

Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

for a musical battle,
to see who can sing
the highest note,
or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth,
or the most tender?
Their strong, blunt beaks
drink the air

as they strive
not for your sake
and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning
but for sheer delight and gratitude –
believe us, they say,
it is a serious thing

just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.
I beg of you,

do not walk by
without pausing
to attend to this
rather ridiculous performance.

It could mean something.
It could mean everything.
It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote:
You must change your life.

- Invitation by Mary Oliver

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Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: September 20th, 2019 01:22 pm (UTC)

Listening to the birds any part of the day is a special time for me as I walk the neighborhood. I do love the songbirds, but also laugh at the raucous 'crow parties'. Thanks for another special poem from Mary Oliver.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 20th, 2019 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Listening!

Hello to your neighborhood birds!

Posted by: cheriee weichel (cheriee weichel)
Posted at: September 21st, 2019 02:03 am (UTC)

Thank you so much for sharing this poem. I am ready to believe.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 21st, 2019 02:12 am (UTC)


Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2019 10:58 pm (UTC)

I so miss the goldfinches. We're not sure why we didn't see many (any?) this summer. It doesn't bode well...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2019 11:10 pm (UTC)

I hope they return!

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