Sunday, September 04, 2005

Leaf and Cloud


When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider
the orderliness of the world. Notice
something you have never noticed before,

like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket
whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb.

Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain,
shaking the water-sparks from its wings.

Let grief be your sister, she will whether or no.
Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also,
like the diligent leaves.

A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world
and the responsibilities of your life.

Scatter your flowers over the graves, and walk away.
Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance.

In the glare of your mind, be modest.
And beholden to what is tactile, and thrilling.

Live with the beetle, and the wind.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(excerpted from The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Kim said...

What a lovely and appropriate poem and I LOVE your background music......what is the tune?

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

What a lovely and appropriate poem and I LOVE your background music......what is the tune?

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

I just love the FBS, can't wait to see it all blocked out. That color is divine... no doubt about it.

8:37 PM  

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