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on: September 25, 2016, 11:17:50 PM
This is a poem I have read many times over the past few weeks. I had to share it with you. Mary Oliver is one of my favorite contemporary poets.

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

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.

"Creativity is harnessing universality and making it flow through your eyes." Peter Koestenbaum


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Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 11:38:38 PM
Lovely thought provoking piece Susan. Thank you for sharing.  :clap:

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Reply #2 on: September 26, 2016, 12:07:39 AM

What a lovely poem.  I can see where it has brought you comfort in the past few weeks.

We are awaiting your return when the time is right for you.

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Reply #3 on: September 26, 2016, 12:09:29 AM
 :flowers: Susan, that is a lovely and inspiring poem. Thank you for sharing it with us.  :1hug:
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Reply #4 on: September 26, 2016, 12:25:11 AM
Susan thanks for sharing that
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Reply #5 on: September 26, 2016, 08:39:42 AM
Susan thank you for sharing. Hugs to you :hug:
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Reply #6 on: September 26, 2016, 10:26:15 AM
Dear Susan,

Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. Take care and God Bless.


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Reply #7 on: September 26, 2016, 09:28:56 PM
 :thankyou: Susan,  :smitten: :flowers:
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Reply #8 on: October 04, 2016, 08:54:51 PM
Just read that beautiful poem Susan for which many thanks for sharing it with us all.  You have been in my thoughts and my prayer is that in time, things will become easier for you and yours. :flowers:

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Reply #9 on: October 05, 2016, 04:26:38 AM
Beautiful poem..thanks for sharing Susan!


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Reply #10 on: October 30, 2016, 01:26:46 PM
I love this, Susan, and can see why reading it daily brings you comfort. I think of you often and hope you're doing ok.