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Yes Mary. Everything Does. And Too Soon. Way Too Soon. (RIP)

via Yes Mary. Everything Does. And Too Soon. Way Too Soon. (RIP)

David shared Mary Oliver’s poem Summer in this post.

This poem poses many questions from its opening line to the closing. Who creates life and nature? How will I live my one wild and wonderful life? These questions are about the essence and mystery of life and living.

At the end of his post, David shared from another Mary Oliver poem, When Death Comes: “When it’s over, I want to say all my life/ I was a bride married to amazement.” If I only live a small portion of my life in amazement, I can fulfill what calls me to live most fully.

One of the amazing things about Mary Oliver’s poetry is, although she is physically removed, her voice remains alive and vibrant in the words she so eloquently shared with us.

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I took this picture in Jasper National Park several years ago. The flow of the river as it narrows becomes wilder and reminds me of the wildness I seek in life.

 

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12 responses »

  1. A great loss. But as you said, her words remain.

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  2. She will be missed… jc

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  3. Thank you. I hadn’t read the whole poem in a while.

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  4. this reflection is a beautiful
    tribute from poet to poet 🙂

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  5. Yes, indeed, Yvon. Just today I also read a quote from her, speaking about the fact that poetry must be clear to be understood. So much of poetry is clever, but not clear.

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  6. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
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