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Monday, September 21, 2015

“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

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.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
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  • MEADSBAY
    LOVE!
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    1241 days ago
  • IAMBIZI
    nice poetry! Have a great day!
    bizi
    2097 days ago
  • REMBRY
    oh wow ..
    love it .. the message speaks to my spirit

    we are free to be ... let go of restrictions, beliefs , self imprisonment .. just be .. embrace the world and everything in it ..
    it tells me to see with the eyes of a child .. see the magic and amazement .. hear the call of nature and become more at one with it ..

    wow wow wow ..

    thank you .. I have to copy it to my journal for today hope you don't mind my dear fellow traveler ..
    Happy Tuesday ..
    2098 days ago
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