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Killing me with delight....

Friday, December 26, 2008

I can choose DELIGHT!


Every day
I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for –-
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world --
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant –
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab.

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these –
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

-- Mary Oliver
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    Thank you. I love Mary Oliver's poetry; she always surprises me with her imagery and language and then soothes me with her words. I am always glad to run into her by chance. You made that opportunity today, so many thanks.
    3418 days ago
    I love your posts! So insightful, and peaceful. Thank you for sharing.
    3429 days ago
    That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.
    3431 days ago
    Dear Maha,
    I love this poem! Thank you for posting it! How like TNH to take joy in the common. And I love the description "prayers that are made out of grass". That lends itself to all kinds of interpretations.
    Peace and blessings, Elaine
    3431 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/27/2008 3:01:23 AM
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