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Something for Advent from Mary Oliver

December 17, 2008

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The Sun

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone —
and how it slides again

out of the blackness
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on it heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance —
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love —
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
empty-handed —
or have you too
turned from this world —

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

from New and Selected Poems, Volume One, by Mary Oliver, 1992

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. seashellseller permalink
    December 17, 2008 12:53 pm

    Thanks – I got to hear her read last year in jackson Hole.

  2. December 17, 2008 11:21 pm

    Oh lovely. I just bought this collection. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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