Wild Geese : Mary Oliver

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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.

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 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.

 

Mary Oliver

6 thoughts on “Wild Geese : Mary Oliver

  1. So utterly beautiful Deborah. Thankyou so much for the link. And I love the bit above it. Especially the bit about kicking the animal. It is an awful thought. Bud sadly, other people kick the animal in us. Thus is making me cry. I pisted my piem about geese Deborah, but it is so simple and nothingness compared to Mary Olivers. Hugs. Xo

      1. I understand I know my own poetry is only very unpolished..ive not studied how to write poems i just let the flow ride aa freely as I can but i guess there are techniques too. I just believe in trying to follow our own creative daimon. 😊

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