Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Celebrate Mother Earth Today with Poet, Mary Oliver

I had to post a poem by poet Mary Oliver today because she is so eloquent at describing the majestic beauty of the Earth. In my opinion, she has no equal when writing about the magnificance of Mother Earth.

Plant a flower today, or at least look out your window and thank a tree for it's wonderful shade.

Blessings, ~~~Marion



Every morning
the world
is created. Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies. If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere. And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---
there is still somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly, every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

Mary Oliver


Lisa said...

yes Marion, that is special xx

Pam said...

Oh, I love Mary Oliver. I have her book AMERICAN PRIMITAVE.

"Morning Poem" is a wonderful example of her work.

Kelly said...

This is lovely, Marion!

Happy Earth Day!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, you. Thanks for sharing such.

Renee said...

Marion, you open my heart to poetry where there was never really a space for it before.

Love Renee xoxo