What are you going to do with your one wild and precious life? After holding this lovely phrase in my head for a year or two I found out who wrote it: Pulitzer prize winner Mary Oliver in her poem The Summer Day. Some mornings I woke up and there it in my mind like a challenge.
Here are some of my favorites of her wonderful words:
“Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver
“To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”
― Mary Oliver
Here’s another excerpt I relate to:
“Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable…
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way … as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit…motionless …until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable…”
Her most famous is perhaps WILD GEESE (excerpted):
“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.”
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Do you have a favorite poet, poem – or just a line that sticks in your head?