even silence can feel to the world, like happiness,
from the pool of shade you have found beneath the everlasting.
~from Just Lying on the Grass at Blackwater, by Mary Oliver
I don't want you just to eat, and be content.
I want you to walk out into the fields
where the water is shining, and the rice has risen.
I want you to stand there, far from the white tablecloth.
I want you to fill your hands with the mud, like a blessing.
~ from Rice, by Mary Oliver
~ from A Blessing, by Mary Oliver.
~ from Upstream, by Mary Oliver
as though it's the last chance I'm ever going to get
to be alive
and know it.
~ from October, by Mary Oliver
I love March sunshine and mud and Mary Oliver. I am grateful for this sweet life.
* all Mary Olive quotes and excerpts taken from Blue Iris: Poems and Essays