Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:33PM
to live in this world you must be able to do three things
to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go”
― Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1
Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11:30PM
"When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields,
consider the orderliness of the world.
Notice something you have never noticed before,
like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket
whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb.
Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain,
shaking the water-sparks from its wings.
Let grief be your sister, she will whether or no.
Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also,
like the diligent leaves.
A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world
and the responsibilities of your life.
Scatter your flowers over the graves, and walk away.
Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance.
In the glare of your mind, be modest.
And beholden to what is tactile, and thrilling."
~ Mary Oliver,
“The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem”
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:46PM