Mary Oliver celebrates her birthday today and I celebrate her too!
Here's a Sunday morning celebratory dose - Mary Oliver reading several poems. Go to this link, compliments of Stan Galloway.
He's also posted a wonderful page filled with hyperlinks to Oliver's poetry, some with musical accompaniments.
are so perfect
I can hardly believe
their lapped light crowding
Nobody could count all of them -
the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch
only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided -
and that one wears an orange blight -
and this one is a glossy cheek
half nibbled away -
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled -
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking
into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing -
that the light is everything - that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.
from House of Light, Beacon Press, 1990
And I do.