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A dose of Mary Oliver to lift you up!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tell me --

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

The North American Robin,
a migratory songbird of the thrush family


It was spring
and finally I heard him
among the first leaves -
then I saw him clutching the limb

in an island of shade
with his red-brown feathers
all trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still

and thought of nothing.
Then I began to listen.
Then I was filled with gladness -
and that's when it happened,

when I seemed to float,
to be, myself, a wing or a tree -
and I began to understand
what the bird was saying,

and the sands in the glass
for a pure white moment
while gravity sprinkled upward

like rain, rising,
and in fact
it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing -
it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed

not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers,
and also the trees around them,
as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds
in the perfectly blue sky - all, all of them

were singing.
And, of course, yes, so it seemed,
so was I.
Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn't last

for more than a few moments.
It's one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,

is that, once you've been there,
you're there forever.
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring, is it morning?

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOPEYP 4/13/2012 6:21PM


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CRYSTALJEM 4/13/2012 11:01AM

    I feel so calm and peaceful! emoticon

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JESPAH 4/13/2012 10:02AM

    Sweet! :)

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BELLAMEMAW 4/12/2012 5:51PM

    So lovely; thank you emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/12/2012 3:28PM

    Gracias mi hermana Maha. Siempre haces mis dias mas felices! Besos, Francesca

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EARTHSEAME 4/12/2012 12:35PM

    Mary Oliver and YOU rock my world! Thanks for posting this loveliness.

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TWINSFITBY40 4/12/2012 12:30PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks Maha! You always inspire me to look at the beauty that surrounds me. Maria


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ABURRIS2 4/12/2012 11:06AM

    It is morning and "open the door and fly on your heavy feet" is an image among many to remember.

my thanks

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DDOORN 4/12/2012 10:23AM

    This captures the feeling I often have when I "fly" out my front door on my bike! :-)

Thank you 'Maha and Ms. Oliver:


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SLIMMERJESSE 4/12/2012 10:05AM

    Lovely! Thank you.

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KALIGIRL 4/12/2012 8:40AM

    It is spring!
Here's to each new morning.
Namaste my friend

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SUE_2U 4/12/2012 1:36AM

    How beautiful, Valerie! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/11/2012 7:52PM

    I love poems, I love robin's and I love you Maha!! emoticon

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CARRAND 4/11/2012 7:05PM

    What a wonderful poem.

I had my first meditation class last night and during my first attempt at meditating I saw birds - bright tropical birds. i wonder what that means?

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_RAMONA 4/11/2012 6:19PM

    Ah, Maha! The Divine Miss O and I stood in the bathroom this morning listenting to the trills dancing in the window we left open inviting in the Spring! It blessed and lightened us beyond words I thought... but I hadn't considered Mary... and YOU! THANK YOU, Beautiful! I so appreciate your uplifting words (and visit) of late!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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AANGEL3 4/11/2012 6:18PM


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FIERCEONE4PEACE 4/11/2012 5:46PM

    love it :)

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