Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance

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 not.
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.

Live with the beetle, and the wind.

~ Mary Oliver ~

From The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem


Laura Taylor said…
Love this. The words are a parallel with my soul spot.
Di said…
Have you read much Mary Oliver, Laur? I am new to her and cannot believe I missed her until now.

You are a kindred spirit,
Alison said…
I love Mary Oliver. I love the connections she makes between the natural world and the world of the spirit.
Rose said…
Can I just say that I have missed your daily blogs! Thank you for coming back!

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