For all of us, now that summer is over

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For all of us, now that summer is over
Fri, 09-28-2012 - 11:00am
The Summer Day Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


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Registered: 07-24-2005
Fri, 09-28-2012 - 1:53pm

Very nice, birdsong.  Thank you for sharing it.

I hope and pray that we not waste one more moment of our wild and precious lives agonizing over that which we can't have but rather focusing on the things we can have.



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Registered: 12-25-2008
Sat, 09-29-2012 - 2:50am
Love Mary Oliver's poetry, thank you for sharing.

I am always feeling I should be doing more with my life, more living out loud.

I also love Clarity's thought . . . "don't waste time agonizing over what you can't have but rather focus on what you can have."
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Registered: 04-23-2010
Sat, 09-29-2012 - 9:27am

Happiness shouldn't be the goal or the end, it should be the journey.

Embrace it as it happens.

We only miss what could have been. I know I don't miss what it really was.