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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Warp & Weft of Living




Morning Poem
by
Mary Oliver

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches-
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies. 
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead-
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging-

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted-

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning.

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

I have never read anyone who can stop me...from thinking...from breathing...
Mary Oliver's words stir my soul to the very depths of truth and beingness.

2 comments:

  1. Wow - what an amazing poem. Always amazes me what an incredible mood lifter being in nature is, and how, in its co-origination, nature is perfect just as it is.

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  2. I'm not sure which I love more - your image...or Mary Oliver's inspiring words. Beautiful!

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