Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Carry me on my way... {2}

Travel.  To & fro.  8.5 hours one way.  Joy in the process.
Contemplative.  Contemplate, wonder at, stand in awe. Be. Amazed.
The way (my way) seeks an ever-expanding level of fluency and grace.
We live in a fantastically big and small world.
 Give more than take; allow future generations the same gift -
Wild Geese ~ Mary Oliver
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 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.
 In the family of them ...

3 comments:

boo said...

My absolute all time favourite poem!!!!

Molly said...

I just discovered this poem about a month ago and instantly knew it would be one to share with others for years to come.

Deeapaulitan said...

Mary Oliver's works are inspiring and poignant. The words she uses challenge me to look at things differently.