September 11, 2011

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

Such a beautifully fitting poem, read at a 9/11 Memorial Service I attended this morning.


Michelle Trusttum said...

It's such a lovely piece.

Tania Kindersley said...

Just catching up on my blog reading, and found this lovely poem. It could not have come at a better time for me. So, THANK YOU. x

Cupcake Murphy said...

My absolute ever favorite poem. I found you through Hannah S. Love your blog.