Friday, October 30, 2015

Mary Oliver interview

Krista Tippett interviews the poet Mary Oliver on the radio show "On Being".

 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

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