Poetry

September 27, 2010

I am going to begin reading poetry more often. I used to write a lot of poetry, and do every once in a while, but I want to read so to enhance my memory, to encourage a deeper imagination in the world around me, and to hopefully inspire some more poetry in my own life.
This poem struck me first thing this morning, and I keep coming back to it- or it keeps finding me perhaps.

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,
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.

from Dream Work by Mary Oliver

I just love this- I posted the ending on facebook today. It seems to go with the theme of my day. Feeling a deep wholeness within myself. Yesterday, in training, we were talking about having  ‘wholeness’ instead of feeling as though we need others in order to be whole. Do I really need to be accepted? Do I need to get approval? Aren’t I precious? Don’t I matter to myself? I want to retrain this brain of mine to believe that I can do anything. It’s not a question whether or not my conditioned way of talking to myself agrees. Do I need it’s approval? It is right? I am ready to embrace the loving thoughts?

I am ready to devour the ideas that I am wondrous, and magical just like the fairies, just like the dew, just like the words that pop up off the page at me after I just saw the same words on a chalk board 1 second earlier. I am magical.

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