Friday, February 24, 2006

Owl feathers

From a few poems I was enjoying again this week, old favorites. Click on the links to read the complete poems.

"But I also say this: that light
is an invitation
to happiness,
and that happiness,

when it's done right,
is a kind of holiness,
palpable and redemptive."

— Mary Oliver, in Poppies

"And, therefore, let the immeasurable come.
Let the unknowable touch the buckle of my spine.
Let the wind turn in the trees,
and the mystery hidden in the dirt

swing through the air.
How could I look at anything in this world
and tremble, and grip my hands over my heart?
What should I fear?

One morning
in the leafy green ocean
the honeycomb of the corn's beautiful body
is sure to be there."

— Mary Oliver, Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith

"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."

— Mary Oliver, Wild Geese


Blogger leslee said...

These are all lovely. Thanks for posting them. I've been tired and cranky today for no particular reason. Really just need to leave it and look a the beauty and happiness waiting to be seen and felt.

2/24/2006 10:31 AM  
Anonymous yllstonewolf said...

she is my favorite.
she is my favorite.
thanks for reminding me.
i'm going to, right now, copy all of them into my journal.
thanks for your owl feathers AND, even more, for your beautiful word-smithing.

2/24/2006 11:27 AM  
Blogger alan said...

I see I need to add Mary Oliver to my reading list...


Love the last one!


2/24/2006 1:06 PM  
Blogger MB said...

((Leslee)) They are lovely. I'm glad you enjoyed them, too.

Anne, she is marvelous, I agree. I'm glad you enjoy your visits here.

Alan, I love the last one, too. It was the poem responsible for my falling in love with Mary Oliver's poetry, years ago. Yes, I would agree that you need to add her to your list!

2/24/2006 4:40 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

I recognize some of them from a collection of hers I have.

2/24/2006 7:18 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

Gotta love Miss. Mary!!! These are some of my absolutely favorite quotes of hers. Thanks for the beautiful reminders!

2/24/2006 8:32 PM  
Blogger whiskey said...

"If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere."

- Mary Oliver, Morning Poem

2/24/2006 8:36 PM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Ahhhhh. Thank you. I never had read her, and now I need to/want to. Ahhhhh.

2/25/2006 6:16 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

All are good, but the last one is astonishing!! Thank you, MB.

2/25/2006 7:40 AM  
Blogger zhoen said...


2/25/2006 7:52 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

"mais je dis également ceci: cette lumière
est une invitation
au bonheur...."

Avec des outils differents , nous partageons la lumière !
Vous avec les mots , moi avec mon appareil .
Merci pour votre question au sujet de Roméo . Aujourd'hui , il va beaucoup mieux , Mais ...on ne saura s'il guérit complétement que dans quelques semaines .Il a 9 chances sur 10 d'après les statistiques .
Il y a longtemps , en 1979 , notre chatte de l'époque avait eu la même maladie .
Notre vétérinaire a été le premier en France à essayer un nouveau médicament qui venait d'être découvert et qu'il a fait venir par avion des USA . Notre chatte a survécu , mais a souffert tout le restant de sa vie des sequelles . Les médicaments ont progressé depuis , j'espère .
Je vous souhaite un bon week end .

2/25/2006 9:35 AM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

I love Mary Oliver. Her words touch so deeply it is like an intimacy to read her.

2/25/2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I have to savor these one at a time; they are so marvelous. The first one is wonder enough for today. See you tomorrow!

2/25/2006 11:54 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

sublime! she is untouchable ...

2/25/2006 5:28 PM  
Blogger EATING POETRY said...

Mary Oliver is one my favorite poets! My favorite poem of hers is entiled "The Journey".

2/26/2006 6:36 PM  
Blogger MB said...

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2/26/2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Morning Poem, that whiskey quotes from.

2/26/2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger MB said...


The Journey, that eating poetry mentions.

2/26/2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger Gemma Grace said...

Thank you so much MB for introducing me to Mary Oliver. I have just put a hold on her book, 'Winter Hours', from the library. I can hardly wait to pick it up!

2/26/2006 9:52 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

A nice way to end my evening...


2/26/2006 11:28 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Merci pour vos souhaits envers Roméo .
Il va mieux et mange normalement à nouveau .
Je comprends difficilement la langue anglaise , mais aidé par le traducteur , je peux lire vos textes avec un grand plaisir !
A bientôt .

2/27/2006 4:17 AM  
Blogger zhoen said...

happiness as holiness.

feeling blessed.

2/27/2006 6:20 AM  

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