A tribute to Mary Oliver…

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver

wild geese mary oliver

Your poetry
touched me in my tender parts,
where broken fragments
lacerated my heart.

When I craved
you helped me
my untamed spirit
and believe,
yes believe
in my
one wild
and precious life.

In your fearlessness
as Woman
as Poet
you spoke out in
a strong voice
and in so doing,
empowered me to find mine,
beneath the debris
of self-loathing.

At the time when,
remnants of shame
had whirled up
and struck me
nearly killing me.

I return to your words,
when my lifeless form
rebukes me.
Your poetry
can shatter
this self-made cage
and break open prison bars,
to unravel the mystery…..
of saving the one and only life that I can save!

And I run again through fields
of affectionate flowers
to love once more the mortal
and hold it.

Yes I received that box of darkness
the one you spoke of
and like a little child
I await its gift.

Oh and I really do try
to be whimsical
to be married to amazement
like you
to be blessed where I stand!

I’m here to tell you
I paid attention
and I have been astonished…

And I’ve learned not to walk on my knees for a hundred miles through the desert,
But rather to soar
with the wild geese
over everything
floating above this difficult world.

And I can hear your words
“ death
isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light
wrapping itself around us–”

Thank you for getting me through those times
death swallowed me whole,
and I had stopped believing in myself….

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Excerpts from Mary Olivers Poems included…



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