Sunday Thoughts ~ Mary Oliver

“It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in the broken world.” ~ Mary Oliver

Sunrise, Autumn, Nature, The Fog, Forest, Trees

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 “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

Como Conservatory Ladyslipper Orchids “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...  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
astonished.
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

Great, Egret, White, Heron 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.

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” ~ Mary Oliver

 

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

Images:  Pixabay and  tumblr

 

 

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Rita C at Panoply
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Oh my, how beautiful! An attitude with gratitude. That last gif photo could be anywhere in our beautiful WV! Have a great week, Sandra.

bonnie morgan
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What a gift Mary Oliver was given. I will enjoy reading these poems and quotes all week as well as viewing the beautiful images.
Thanks for sharing such loveliness. Have a wonderful week, Sandra.

Maristella
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What beautiful post! I love those stunning pictures and quotes!Have a lovely week ahead.Hugs!

Pam Richardson
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Sandra, thank you for the beautiful images and for the lovely words of Mary Oliver. Yes, to pay attention is what I am trying to do. When we open our eyes to God’s creation, we can only stand in awe. I look forward to your Sunday posts. Wishing you and Michael a most beautiful day!

Dolores Velasco
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My dear friend, the quotes from Mary Oliver are really interesting, I particularly keep the second quote about the identity of God, it is very beautiful and coherent.
I like your messages because once they are read there are a few moments of very positive reflection.
A big hug

jeanie
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Until I started blogging I’d never heard of Mary Oliver. Now I am such a fan. She really knows how to nail down real life. It’s a wonderful post, Sandra, and so needed on these challenging days.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
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Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Happy Sunday, Sandra! Such a beautiful post and words for this autumn day. I hope you have a most blessed week ahead! Take care, dear friend!

Bobbi Duncan
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Mary Oliver’s words are so profound, especially in these uncertain times. I love the verse about God’s identity. Should the planets have merged only slightly off their initial created course, the gravitational pull of each would not have allowed them to exist as we see them. There are so many things that would not be possible with the so-called big bang theory. I have found it to be true that the more we look into “science”, the more we will see the hand of God. Thank you, Sandra for your beautiful verses; they keep me hopeful on even the hardest… Read more »
Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life
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Mary Oliver has given this world such beauty and wonder through her poetry. Sandra, how delightful to read this post dedicated to her lovely words. Love the photo of the lady slippers – exquisite!

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