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Mary Oliver

Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,
even in the leafless winter,
even in the ashy city.
I am thinking now
of grief, and of getting past it

— Mary Oliver, from “Starlings in Winter,” Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays. (Beacon Press; 1St Edition edition April 1, 2006) Originally published 2003.

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