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Fall Song, Mary Oliver

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Song

Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,

the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows, unmattering back

from the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere

except underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castle

of unobservable mysteries - roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. This

I try to remember when time's measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn

flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay - how everything lives, shifting

from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(from American Primitive)

via Joe Riley at

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JUST_BREATHE08 10/1/2013 6:40PM

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HIPPICHICK1 10/1/2013 1:15PM

    I walk in the woods almost every day and her description describes those walks and those things that I think.
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/1/2013 10:23AM

    Such a beautiful thought-provoking poem. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 10/1/2013 9:26AM

    Wonderful emoticon

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JESPAH 10/1/2013 8:44AM

    I will go to the woods again ....

Although I have to go through some urban stuff first.

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MTRACHEL 9/30/2013 10:20PM

    Perfect for today. Thank you !

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GOANNA2 9/30/2013 8:01PM

    Love your Mary Oliver poems.
Have a great October. Hope you are keeping well.

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SNOWYOGA 9/30/2013 7:33PM

    This is really nice emoticon Thank you!

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HARMONIUM 9/30/2013 6:38PM

    Just lovely!
Thank you!

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AUSTRALIA55 9/30/2013 5:50PM


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SLASALLE 9/30/2013 5:08PM

    She's back ... and with a favorite author/fall reminder, no less!!!! Welcome home, Maha!


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CRYSTALJEM 9/30/2013 5:01PM

    :) This poem made me smile and sigh - it's exactly how I'm feeling. Off for a walk in the wind through the woods. Loving autumn. Thanks for the poem.

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DDOORN 9/30/2013 5:00PM

    Another Oliver gem...autumn seems to mark time more than the other seasons, with such a mix of emotions!

Curious about your new profile image...traveling...?


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WATERMELLEN 9/30/2013 4:53PM

    Walking in the woods yesterday, I was so conscious of the sound of wind in leaves, which we will enjoy for about a month more: and then not at all until late May when the foliage is back to full leaf again.

The colours are gorgeous and I do love the winter too but . . . "longing to stay" is an emotion we do feel most keenly in the autumn. What a lovely poem, thank you!!

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