Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Blogger's (Silent) Poetry Reading

When I Am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness,
I would almost say they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the tree stirs in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."

~ Mary Oliver ~
(from Thirst)

For more on the Blogger's (Silent) Poetry Reading, see here.


Anonymous said...

That's beautiful. I love Mary Oliver.

Kat said...

That is so beautiful!!!

mel said...

Thank you - this is beautiful, and is so completely appropriate for my mood today.

Lia said...

Lovely poem.

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