1/30: “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
Today I gift you with one of my all time favorite poems, “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.
If you’re not familiar with her work, I highly recommend exploring it.
I encourage you to read this aloud, slowly, to really feel its impact and its energy.
Ready? Here it is.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert
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.
Wishing you the world today.
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