Good Sunday morning, beautiful souls. I hope this finds you well and enjoying some lovely autumn weather.
Today, I would like to share some of the writings of Mary Oliver. I have always loved her work, much of which was inspired by nature. She so enjoyed her unaccompanied walks in the woods and along the shore. Truly, the beauty and the sincerity of her feelings remain a blessing to the world. And, she continues to inspire us to pause, revisit her thoughts, and wonder.
Mary Jane Oliver (1935~2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, both for poetry.
“Why do people keep asking to see God’s identity papers when the darkness opening into morning is more than enough?” ~ Mary Oliver
Sunrise over Lake Superior.
“Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood…Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say, ‘Look!’, and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.” ~ Mary Oliver
Lady slipper Orchids ~ Como Conservatory, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Messenger ~ By Mary Oliver
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.”
“You wouldn’t believe what once or twice I have seen. I’ll just tell you this: “only if there are angels in your head will you ever, possibly, see one.” ~ Mary Oliver
Photo from, Pixabay
Dear friends, thank you so much for your visit and I hope you have found a thought or an image to carry with you throughout the week.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful day.
And in the week ahead…
May you pause for a moment and “pay attention.” Stay well.
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