Sunday, September 16, 2012

Reading Mary Oliver...

Storm clouds over Casa Dragonfly
From the poem, ‘Work’ by Mary Oliver

And how shall we speak of love
except in the splurge or roses, and the long body
     of the river
shining in its silk and froth;

and what could be more wonderful
than the agility and the reaching of the fingers of Hannah,
who is only seven days old;

and what could be more comforting than to fold grief
like a blanket---
to fold anger like a blanket,
with neat corners---
to put them into a box of words?

 From:  “The Leaf and the Cloud”, page 13

Another raggedy dragonfly visiting me, 2012

From the poem “Gravel” by Mary Oliver

The high-piled plum-colored storm-heavy clouds
are approaching.
The fly mumbles against the glass.

This is the world.
The hot little bluebirds in the box are getting ready to fly.
This is the world.

The sweet in the parsnip
waits for our praise.

The dragonfly lives its life
without a single error, it also
waits for our praise.

The pale-green moths are pressing
against the screen, fluttering, they are
dying to get in to press their papery bodies
into the light.

This is the world.

From:  “The Leaf and the Cloud”, page 43


I love Mary Oliver.  She has a grasp on the natural world like no other poet I've ever read.  She speaks to my heart today from her book, "The Leaf and the Cloud", an amazing book length poem in seven parts. 


"Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are." ~Osho


"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back." ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982


"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes." ~e.e. cummings



Kelly said...

You make me want to get out my Mary Oliver collection.

I love that part about folding grief and anger like a blanket. Wonderful!

Angela Recada said...

Hello dear Marion. I've been trying to catch up with my blog reading, and this post has made me unbelievably happy. It is the most perfect post of any, ever. I really mean it. I adore Mary Oliver, too. As a nature love, the Osho, Alice Walker and cummings quotes all speak to me on such a deep level, as well. Thank you for this post.

Anonymous said...

:) xo

erin said...

it's a sadness i'm leaving here. you would love it here, marion. you would be totally overwhelmed by how the world speaks and how you have no choice but to listen.

i love mary oliver too. i think it's time i pick her up again.


quid said...

I love this exerpt from "The Leaf and the Cloud"... and the shot of the dragonfly, tho it looks like it has been slightly battered or injured somehow. Maybe it is just getting old. I'm familiar with that!

Hugs, Q