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Poetry, lovely poetry

I have never really been all that into poetry, but during a visit to Fayetteville, AR last week I had the privilege of attending a reading by the award-winning writer, Mary Oliver. Several of her poems resonated with me, perhaps because many of them are about the natural world, of which I am daily connected. This particular poem, The Summer Day, blended my daily encounters with nature with my spiritual existence at this particular time in my life. I am thankful to my Creator for the blessings in my life and that’s what I know how to do: Say thank you and enjoy creation.

The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

For more Mary Oliver poetry, visit my friend, Susan’s blog: www.milkandmusic.wordpress.com/. She is her number one fan! Love you, Suz!


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