Where words fail
The wizardry of words

Some things I am thinking about today....

Waiting at the gate

"All through our gliding journey, on this day as on so many others, a little song runs through my mind. I say song because it passes musically, but it is really just words, a thought that is neither strange nor complex. In fact, how strange it would be not to think it -- not to have such music inside one's head and body, on such an afternoon. What does it mean, say the words, that the earth is so beautiful? And what shall I do about it? What is the gift I should bring to the world? What is the life I should live?"  - Mary Oliver (from "Flow," Long Life)

Standing at the crossroads

When will you have a little pity for
every soft thing
that walks through the world,
yourself included?

- Mary Oliver (from "Pen and Paper and a Breath of Air," Blue Pastures)

Standing in the sunshine.

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.

- Mary Oliver (from "Wild Geese," Dream Work)


My favorite quote by Mary Oliver:

I want to be
improbable, beautiful
and afraid of nothing
as though I had wings.

"Starlings in Winter"
- Mary Oliver

These thoughts are well worth the effort expended in thinking them.

The quotation from Wild Geese is one of my favorites, one that lodged itself comfortably in memory and rests there quietly, guiding me and protecting me from all manner of wickedness that politics and religion would shackle me with.

What is the life I should live? The life lived fully, moment by moment, moved by nature and guided by love, to do little but make the little of the best and most beautiful possible. Above all, like Parsifal, to let go the reins...

Thank you for this, just what I needed to hear today. x

She wrtes such beautiful poetry. I must read some of hers at the library poetry group.

I read Wild Geese to my students every semester. Its always a winner!

For years now; Every Day I go to your page & amble through the always beautiful photographs and read from your World & Heart. I never thought to intrude upon your time & write or leave comment, yet, Today your images of Tilly at border & crossroads, along with the poetry of Mary Oliver set me down to send you a Heartfelt, long neglected ~ "Thank You". I'll not bore this moment with details of sentiment. I only want you to know that it struck a chord. I look forward and am thankful every time you post, yet, again todays' images & Olivers' poetry brought to my Soul ~ Magic.
To You & All Those You Hold Dear ~
Sincerest Peace & Love

My heart would be a weaker thing without Mary Oliver's poetry.

beautiful photos for mary's words.

Thank you for these kind words, James, which have lightened my heart this morning more than you can know.

Hi Valerianna, I've just been to your site. What fabulous, wonderful work you make! Seeing your stuff has been a great pleasure today. A great pleasure. Thank you.

Anyone not yet been there, go there!


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