Poetry meme…sorta

14 Jan

Wild Geese

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.

— © Mary Oliver

16 Responses to “Poetry meme…sorta”

  1. bisi January 15, 2006 at 1:09 pm #

    You know, this is lovely. When I’ve figured out how to use memeories I’m going to put it in mine.

  2. bisi January 15, 2006 at 1:09 pm #

    You know, this is lovely. When I’ve figured out how to use memeories I’m going to put it in mine.

  3. angeyja January 15, 2006 at 3:39 pm #

    That one is a favorite of mine. : )

  4. angeyja January 15, 2006 at 3:39 pm #

    That one is a favorite of mine. : )

  5. neshaffer January 15, 2006 at 3:40 pm #

    If you see a heart icon at the top of my page, click on it. Enter a keyword in the slot that says “keywords”. Then click “submit”.

    ; )

  6. neshaffer January 15, 2006 at 3:40 pm #

    If you see a heart icon at the top of my page, click on it. Enter a keyword in the slot that says “keywords”. Then click “submit”.
    ; )

  7. neshaffer January 15, 2006 at 4:01 pm #

    Mine, too.

    ; )

  8. neshaffer January 15, 2006 at 4:01 pm #

    Mine, too.
    ; )

  9. midnightsjane January 16, 2006 at 3:59 am #

    I like this very much. Thanks for sharing!

  10. midnightsjane January 16, 2006 at 3:59 am #

    I like this very much. Thanks for sharing!

  11. ljash January 16, 2006 at 8:28 am #

    *sigh*

    (hmm I’ve never used the “<3" before. Looks kinda silly.)

    🙂

  12. ljash January 16, 2006 at 8:28 am #

    *sigh*

    (hmm I’ve never used the “<3" before. Looks kinda silly.)
    🙂

  13. neshaffer January 16, 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    But it *is* a wonderful poem!

    ; )

  14. neshaffer January 16, 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    But it *is* a wonderful poem!
    ; )

  15. neshaffer January 16, 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    It’s one of my favorite poems.

  16. neshaffer January 16, 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    It’s one of my favorite poems.

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