Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mindful by Mary Oliver

Every day
I see or hear
that more or less
kills me
with delight, 
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for -
to look, to listen, 
to lose myself
inside this soft world -
to instruct myself
over and over
in joy, 
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional, 
the fearful, the dreadful, 
the very extravagant - 
but of the ordinary, 
the common, the very drab, 
the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar, 
I say to myself, 
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
as these -
the untrimmable light
of the world, 
the ocean's shine, 
the prayers that are made
out of grass? 


  1. Lovely poem and the photos are stunning!

  2. This is wonderful to see and read when we are getting snow and freezing rain here.

  3. Maureen, Thank you for your coverage of the Madison protest yesterday....Your comments and historical background were insightful. So sad to see greed trying hard to create an elite society for a few. Not at all how I see and love this country, America, opportunity for all. Barb


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