wild geese

hello friends,

Last week’s Mindful Monday was quite wordy and oh so long, so this week we thought we would leave you a little present, of a poem.

“Some believe in moving forward without looking back. Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese,” inspires individuals to come full circle, combining the past with the future in order to bring out the best in the human spirit.

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,

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.

What a thing of beauty. Take it with you today, hold it close.

handsome and pretty

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