I love sharing poems on my blog by published poets, most especially the ones that speak to my heart and soul (and body). The following is such a poem that forms part of William Seighart’s collection The Poetry Pharmacy which I have shared from before. In his introduction to this poem by Mary Oliver which he prescribes as an antidote for self recrimination, Sieghart writes :
There is a small, wide eyed animal in each of us that doesn’t understand why we keep kicking it. All we need do to overcome is to treat ourselves like a loyal pet with love, forgiveness and understanding.
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 and 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.