20 December 2007

Wild Geese -- A Poem by Mary Oliver

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.

I don't often quote poems on my Blog, but this one is pretty good, and reflects my mood today quite well. Happy Eid to all Muslims, as they celebrate the end of Ramadan.

1 comment:

Annelies G said...

Hmm, I like it. Like it a lot; I love the feeling of peace it gives me... Glad you posted it ;)