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September Meditation

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jumping on just long enough to share this splendid end-of-September offering from dear Joe at

September Meditation

I do not know if the seasons remember their history or if the days and
nights by which we count time remember their own passing.

I do not know if the oak tree remembers its planting or if the pine
remembers its slow climb toward sun and stars.

I do not know if the squirrel remembers last fall's gathering or if the
bluejay remembers the meaning of snow.

I do not know if the air remembers September or if the night remembers the moon.

I do not know if the earth remembers the flowers from last spring or if
the evergreen remembers that it shall stay so.

Perhaps that is the reason for our births -- to be the memory for

Perhaps salvation is something very different than anyone ever expected.

Perhaps this will be the only question we will have to answer:
"What can you tell me about September?"

~ Burton D. Carley ~

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/20/2011 3:06PM


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CAROLISCIOUS 10/6/2011 9:30PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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GIANTPANDA 10/5/2011 10:51AM

    Thank you for sharing this! Namaste.

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PEACEFULONE 10/3/2011 1:31AM

    Love your blogs-always!
Many, many thanks!

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2BMYOWN 10/2/2011 9:33PM

    Awesome. Thanx for sharing with us, Maha!

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KELLEEH 10/2/2011 11:02AM

    Love this! Thank you.

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JESPAH 10/1/2011 7:06AM

    Actually, squirrels have no freakin' clue most of the time. Hence they bury a LOT of nuts and hope to remember a few of 'em. This is why the Northeast in particular has so many hardwood trees.

Senile squirrels.

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DAISY443 10/1/2011 6:32AM

    September is my birth month, so this was especially meaningful to me. Thank you, dear Maha!

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SOULFISH80 9/30/2011 11:21PM

    I am really in love with this September. Such a nice time of life. Thanks for the post.

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WATERMELLEN 9/30/2011 9:05PM

    Hmmm. I'm thinking that the squirrels remember very well all their hiding-places in my old house . . . and are busily chewing new holes adjacent to the ones we blocked up!!

But yeah, I concur: this is a beautiful meditation on one of the loveliest times of the year . . .

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GOANNA2 9/30/2011 5:34PM

    Beautiful Maha. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 9/30/2011 4:09PM

Stop by and visit my nature blog, Maha, when you get a chance. It's the Fun Guy one - I think you will enjoy it.


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DDOORN 9/30/2011 11:19AM

    Brings such a smile to me!

Thank you 'Maha,


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    so beautiful

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EMRANA 9/30/2011 9:30AM


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Love's expressions....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I often feel deficient in my ability to articulate love -- in words and actions. Here is a beautiful story of love-in-action. May I learn by example --

Watch the beauty unfold:

Here is Shirley's biography (she's my neighbor now, one state over in TN!):

The vocation of these filmmakers is a pristine example of what, on the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path, is called "Right Livelihood:"


And as always, I am grateful to have been enlivened and inspired by KarmaTube, a project of CharityFocus, an all-volunteer run organization, whose aim is to enable individuals to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. Together, they hope to "be the change we wish to see in the world."

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2BMYOWN 10/2/2011 9:31PM

    I sat here and cried.....thank you for sharing this, Maha, it was absolutely stunning. I 'shared' it on my FB page for others to see, also (the link to the video, not your blog....LOL). I have never seen something like this.....

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/25/2011 10:36PM

    Very refreshing and heartwarming. I'm going to tell my boyfriend right now how much I love and appreciate him...even though I tell him multiple times a day, you can never shower someone with too much love. Thanks for posting this wonderful blog!

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WATERMELLEN 9/24/2011 8:58PM

    What very lovable elephants! Their pleasure is so joyous!

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DAISY443 9/24/2011 3:53PM

    emoticon So many kinds of love, so hard to articulate it, so easy to show it! The elephants teach us a valuable lesson!

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SOULFISH80 9/24/2011 2:10PM

    Thank you so much, with tears in my eyes, and hope in my heart, I can start my weekend dreaming of a better future for us all.

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1HAPPYWOMAN 9/24/2011 1:15PM

    I was struck by the first words of your post: "I often feel deficient in my ability to articulate love"

1) Love is so vast that truly articulating it is impossible
2) You are not deficient; you are exactly right just as you are, and your attempts to articulate love are what make you beautiful!

Loved the elephant video!

P.S. My name is Tara, just like Shirley's friend!

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GOANNA2 9/24/2011 12:38PM

    This story moved me to tears.
I am so happy for the elephants.
Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon

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KATRINAKAT23 9/24/2011 11:51AM

  What a sad but beautiful story. I am so happy Shirley got reunited with Jenny. I hope she lives the rest of her life in peace and happiness.

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SM-ARTGIRL 9/24/2011 11:40AM

    Love emoticon Love

Thank you emoticon

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    Oh how I love this

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SLASALLE 9/24/2011 11:08AM

    That gave me a nice, big full heart this morning. Thanks!

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MISS_VIV 9/24/2011 10:24AM

    love, love, love
spread it around, share it
Use it up - just try - it is never ending.
Give it and you will receive it.

Find a new way each day to articulate. Anything is possible with love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOKEYOKEY 9/24/2011 10:20AM

    So beautiful!

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DDOORN 9/24/2011 9:58AM

    One can never have enough ways to show & share our love for each other...many thx for sharing, 'Maha!


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JESPAH 9/24/2011 9:39AM

    Aw sweet. :)

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Fall Classic Cycling steps

Monday, September 19, 2011

Last Saturday I participated in my first ever bicycling event, sponsored by our local bike organization, Conway Advocates for Bicycles (CAB). It was a picture-perfect day, and I decided to limit myself to the intermediate ride as I reached the 1 half-way mark for the 28-mile course. My butt was sore and I was experiencing some calf cramping and tightness (damn the doesn't happen often, but I never know when it will...I had eaten my daily banana too!).

Upon completing the route, I noticed some definite tightness in the quads as well. I then did some stretching, and luckily I felt no residue on Sunday!

A tasty lunch was served all the cyclists (perhaps somewhere around 100 total), which I enjoyed with lots of good conversation on this sparkling day. Thanks to fellow CAB member and photographer, Rick Bell, I have a few shots:

338, lucky number!

First incline!

Some stuck around for the drawing, etc.

My dear friend Fritzie, who I talked into doing the tour, won the Grand Prize in the raffle, a sexy Orbea road bike from Spain (+/-$1300).

Fritzie had been riding her road bike since 1977 -- she bought it new when she started law school, I believe! She gave it to our Guatemalan friend, Victor, who also did the cycling tour. He rode 45-mile route, but had to stop a couple miles from the finish because his gears malfunctioned. Great timing on Fritzie's gift!

My feeling, as I completed the course, is that I want to do more serious, long-distance cycling, building up strength and endurance, so that I can easily handle the 45- or 63-mile route next fall...and eventually on to a CENTURY RIDE, like my SparkHero Don Doorn...before I hit MY century mark (ok, so that gives me 30 years, LOL)!!!

Don said, after completing his first 100-miles ride last summer, "Breaking through to my century was such a LIBERATING, EMPOWERING feeling! I feel like, okay, let's hop on my bike, spin the wheel and go wherever I want to go! The SKY'S the LIMIT!"

BTW, Don FIRST broke the "century" barrier with his weight...he is carrying around 120 fewer pounds!!! And indeed he has done TWO 100+ rides this summer as well, through NY's Finger Lakes and the Big Apple!


I TOO want to be a "Certifiable CyclePath" when I grow up!!!

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SLASALLE 10/7/2011 5:05PM

    Now how did I miss this? Oh yeah, now I remember how!!! :-) Great pictures. It is truly amazing the way you continue to live life to the fullest ... keep on keepin' on, my dear.


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GIRANIMAL 9/29/2011 12:23PM

    Holy emoticon, Maha!

Thanks again for introducing me to Don too -- he really is a Certifiable CyclePath hero! And you're right there with him in achievement, my dear.

Are you still loving the VitaSport? Mine still rides like a dream. I know this is true partly because I have worn the break pads down to questionable levels already this season! And yet, a century -- or even a fraction of one -- seems thoroughly impossible to me. You and Don and all other such athletic souls are so amazing!

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DARKTHOR 9/26/2011 11:15AM

    You are just so awesome Maha. Keep living life so beautifully. Congratulations to your friend, that looks like a FANTASTIC bike! Just being around you brings good things to people, it seems.

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SM-ARTGIRL 9/24/2011 11:49AM

    You dont need to wait to grow up to be a "cyclepath" Maha, I think you maybe there already...!
I can hear the passion for your long term challenge!

Totally karma with your friend's win! So awesome!

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    You make it sound wonderful. Inclines and all.

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    YOU are sooo cute! I think IŽll rename you Maha Taha! For some silly reason it seems to fit! See, I can be silly too! YOU maze me, girlfriend, and I am so proud of YOU! This is epic - imagine what century would be?!
emoticonever so much for your encouragement. I appreciate your comments on my blog and this last one lifted my head up a bit more!

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JESPAH 9/22/2011 6:04AM

    First off, Don is totally freakin awesome.

Second, you're 70??? Hush mah mouth! Nuh uh!

Third, 338 is lucky!

Fourth, cool on the raffle prize/gift serendipity

Fifth, love the photos!

Sixth, there is no number six! :)

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KELLEEH 9/21/2011 7:02AM

    Looks like a wonderful day! I'm glad you had such a nice time!

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PEACEFULONE 9/21/2011 12:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARLI_MAE 9/20/2011 5:24PM

    I think maybe you was born a cyclepath! Hi, Maha! I'm gettin' back in here, taking care of expired blog scripts, etc., so you may have a partner in the sore butt camp!

Carli {{ | }} (fat ass)

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HIPPICHICK1 9/20/2011 12:59PM

    Great photos and stories!

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GIANTPANDA 9/20/2011 11:21AM

    Awesome! I can't wait to get on a bike again. I promised myself a new bike when I reached a certain weight loss goal and I plan to make it a good one so that I can go on long bike trips again. The most I have ever ridden is 40 miles per day, not typical, but I once rode at least 24 miles per day for fun.

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    this is fabulous!

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KALIGIRL 9/20/2011 8:49AM

    Here's to being a "Certifiable CyclePath"!
emoticonphotos emoticon for sharing.

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2BMYOWN 9/20/2011 12:34AM

    I personally think both of you are impressive as hell! LOL Obviously, this fat butt has not been on a bicycle in ages that doesn't have a motor to do the work. Man, I wish there were some sparky buds in my own area.....or ANYONE who really wanted to exercise anything more than their mouth muscles.......kudos for doing such a great job, Maha!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/19/2011 10:35PM

    Awesome job on the race and congrats to your friend for winning such a stunning bike. I'm jelly of her! Loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing your wonderful smile and spirit.

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GENKI_WARRIOR 9/19/2011 9:41PM

    This is pure-d-AWESOMESAUCE! Thanks so much for sharing here!

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GROEDER 9/19/2011 9:11PM

    That sounds like a great ride!!!! The more serious I get about cycling, the more I want to try a ride like that. In fact, I'm planning my own 60 mile ride with some friends later this fall. I don't know what that will be like, but I'm anxious to give it a try.

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PUDLECRAZY 9/19/2011 8:13PM

    Woohoo - look at YOU! Fantastic!

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DDOORN 9/19/2011 8:08PM

    Hey fellow CP (cyclepath!)! Way to GO on your trek!

Great pics too!

Working on my blog on my latest adventure...hoping to post later!


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MAZZYR 9/19/2011 7:54PM

    Oh Maha, I'm impressed!

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SOULFISH80 9/19/2011 6:42PM

    So awesome, so inspiring, thanks for sharing your adventure with us. Makes me want to hop on my bike right now!!!

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Having Come This Far...

Friday, September 16, 2011

I loves me some James Broughton. He knows where I live and doesn't bother to knock -- just goes on in -- enlivening my spirit, making me smile...or tear up...or laugh out loud, as he speaks to me on so many levels. And if that isn't good for *Healthy,* I want to know what is!!!???

I've been working over the last week with my concern for a psyche gone amuck (not mine -- this time -- luckily). I therefore today offer a special thanks for the grounding my accruing knowledge of self-care and spiritual practices over the years have given me ("I've climbed all the summits I need to" as "I cherish my wounds and their cures/and the sweet enervations of bliss") -- and I lift up the delicate soul of my precious friend who is struggling, hopeful that she will too will come upon and cherish her cure.

My life continues unimpeded, and I'm working at being the best I can be, given what has gone before and what my energy and inspiration enable me to play with as I finish it out.

Now -- hear hear! of "thresholds, ladders and stones, detour and ditch, sunburns of love" other words, the story of my life, as told by James Broughton:

Having Come This Far

I've been through what my through was to be
I did what I could and couldn't
I was never sure how I would get there

I nourished an ardor for thresholds
for stepping stones and for ladders
I discovered detour and ditch

I swam in the high tides of greed
I built sandcastles to house my dreams
I survived the sunburns of love

No longer do I hunt for targets
I've climbed all the summits I need to
and I've eaten my share of lotus

Now I give praise and thanks
for what could not be avoided
and for every foolhardy choice

I cherish my wounds and their cures
and the sweet enervations of bliss
My book is an open life

I wave goodbye to the absolutes
and send my regards to infinity
I'd rather be blithe than correct

Until something transcendent turns up
I splash in my poetry puddle
and try to keep God amused.

~ James Broughton ~
(Packing Up For Paradise: New and Selected Poems 1946-1996)

About crazy-wisdom teacher Broughton:

Hafiz says:

A poet is someone
Who can pour Light into a cup
and raise it to nourish your
beautiful parched holy mouth

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GIANTPANDA 9/20/2011 11:19AM

    Wow! I always love your blogs! James Broughton is new to me but I'm familiar with Hafiz. I needed this today!

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2BMYOWN 9/20/2011 12:23AM

    I always come to your page when I need rejuvenating....and it always works, funny about that. LOL I'd like to blow that picture up and just live there......

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FRACTALMYTH 9/19/2011 2:07PM

    OHHHHHHHHH.... LOVE that last stanza of the Broughton... absolutely brilliant! I am also a huge fan of thresholds :D

As for my peacocks... yes... I admit to spending much time just staring at my page background and glorying in the joyful appreciation of a Creator who could and did imagine such magnificence into being... I was also contemplating just this evening how perfect and jewel-like they were in their stillness and silence - and how the real thing - while so much more vibrant, was also a vain, noisy, greedy, unbearable animal to live with. Thank God for being a God with a sense of humour!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/19/2011 10:46AM

    I emoticon this!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 9/18/2011 3:11PM

    Isn't it great that we can use our own jouney to reach others on theirs?

PS - Vegan Mainstream just asked for ANYone's vegan blog (so I submitted). No award winning to it, More like take a chance and "just do it!" ;-)

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KELLEEH 9/17/2011 5:23PM

    Love it! Thank you!

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JESPAH 9/17/2011 9:29AM

    Ah that was calming stuff I needed as I begin to contemplate ... the plumber.

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GOANNA2 9/16/2011 11:35PM

    Love everything you post.
Thanks for calming my soul Maha. emoticon

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DDOORN 9/16/2011 11:24PM

    Love 'em both, the Broughton and the Hafiz!

Blithe draws me like a moth to the flame...! Yearn for more and more of that in my life!


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WATERMELLEN 9/16/2011 10:36PM

    Broughton is new to me: love it, and thank you for the intro!!

I'd far rather be blithe than . . . just about anything! Great word, blithe!!

Hail to thee, blithe spirit!!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/16/2011 5:56PM

    I always love the selections you choose to share with us, Maha. Your choices are so often just the words, the sentiments I need to hear.

Thank you.

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CAMDENCYCLIST 9/16/2011 4:08PM

    thank you for sharing these beautiful words and the amazing picture!

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DAISY443 9/16/2011 2:31PM

    The words of James Broughton touched my soul. He knows me and spoke for me (figuratively speaking of course!) I was in need of a reminder of how I got here and now!

Hugs, my friend!

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TEE803 9/16/2011 2:21PM

    I second Lynnie's emotion! Very nice!

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LYNNANN43 9/16/2011 12:56PM

    You have enlightened my world once again, Maha! emoticon

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EMRANA 9/16/2011 11:43AM

  I'm so glad your friend has you to help her through.

Lovely blog, as always.

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/16/2011 11:29AM

    Simply Wonderful! and thoroughly enjoyed emoticon

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PEACEFULONE 9/16/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticon
That really hits home for me, but instead of splashing in poetry I play in the dirt in the garden. Beautiful photo.

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    love the picture!!!!

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SOULFISH80 9/16/2011 10:17AM

    I have never heard of him. Excellent, thanks for sharing!!

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    I always know where to find some good inspiration. From you!

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I don't say he's right. Neither do I say he's wrong.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The exquisite wisdom of one of my teachers, Mary Oliver, takes my breath away:

The Kingfisher

The kingfisher rises out of the black wave
like a blue flower, in his beak
he carries a silver leaf. I think this is
the prettiest world -- so long as you don't mind
a little dying, how could there be a day in your whole life
that doesn't have its splash of happiness?
There are more fish than there are leaves
on a thousand trees, and anyway the kingfisher
wasn't born to think about it, or anything else.
When the wave snaps shut over his blue head, the water
remains water--hunger is the only story
he has ever heard in his life that he could believe.
I don't say he's right. Neither
do I say he's wrong. Religiously he swallows the silver leaf
with its broken red river, and with a rough and easy cry
I couldn't rouse out of my thoughtful body
if my life depended on it, he swings back
over the bright sea to do the same thing, to do it
(as I long to do something, anything) perfectly.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(House of Light)

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2BMYOWN 9/20/2011 12:18AM

    I have sadly never been a poetry buff.......after reading some of your blogs,I'm thinking somewhere along the line, I was really remiss in that! LOL Thanx, Maha!

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JESPAH 9/15/2011 9:10AM

    When you can't have fish, have a nice salad. ;)

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KALIGIRL 9/15/2011 8:39AM

    Ahh - life... could be good, could be bad...

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DDOORN 9/14/2011 11:21PM

    Not sure it "fits" but Oliver's verse brings to mind an old favorite of mine by Cassandra Wilson:


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WATERMELLEN 9/14/2011 8:59PM

    Love this! There is a particular spot on my golf course where I often see a kingfisher diving for dinner: they land with such an explosive bang, and they do make such a "rough and easy cry" (except, I expect, when their beaks are full!!)

Thanks, Maha!!

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    One of my favorites.

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1HAPPYWOMAN 9/14/2011 8:18PM

    Wow! Your blog reminded me of how much I love poetry.... It's one of those loves that I've lost touch with lately, but no more! Thank you for the beautiful reminder.

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TEE803 9/14/2011 3:49PM

    You always post the most happy, inspiring things...Missed you and your soothing blogs!


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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/14/2011 12:41PM

    She's a brilliant poet. I even got to hear her read at a poetry reading once. She's wonderful!

Thank you for posting a poem!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/14/2011 12:26PM

    I hope an extraordinary and splashy day for you today MAHA! Thanks for the lift in spirits emoticon

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DAISY443 9/14/2011 12:12PM

    Lessons from Mary Oliver are worth learning! (And the Kingfisher, too!)

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    love it!

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