Wild Geese

March 26, 2010 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

Now that Spring is here, have you been seeing as many migratory birds as I have? A friend of mine read this poem at one of my Writers’ Circles last year, and it has since become one of my favorites. I’ve thought about it a lot the past few weeks because I’ve been seeing lots of flocks of geese streaking northward for the summer, arrow-like in the upper reaches in the sky. It always amazes me how sometimes they are so far above I can barely see them, but I can still hear their calls loud and clear.

Enjoy, and happy Friday everyone!

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.

from Dream Work by Mary Oliver
published by Atlantic Monthly Press

© Mary Oliver

image from GpPhoto on flickr.


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