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Rabindranath Tagore

The music of the far-away summer flutters around the Autumn seeking its former nest. ― Rabindranath Tagore, “104,” Stray Birds. (Alpha Editions, October 27, 2017) Originally published 1913. Advertisements

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Mary Oliver

I try to remember when time’s measure painfully chafes, for instance when autumn flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing to stay – how everything lives, shifting from one bright vision to another, forever in these momentary pastures. ― Mary Oliver, from “Fall Song,” American Primitive. (Back Bay Books; 1st edition, April… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

I don’t want eventual, I want soon. It’s 5 a.m. It’s noon. It’s dusk falling to dark. I listen to music. I eat up a few wild poems while time creeps along as though it’s got all day. This is what I have. The dull hangover of waiting, the blush of my heart on the… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

Well, there is time left — fields everywhere invite you into them. And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away from wherever you are, to look for your soul? — Mary Oliver, from “Have You Ever Triead to Enter the Long Black Branches,” West Wind: Poems And Prose Poems (Mariner Books,… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches of other lives — tried to imagine what the crisp fringes, full of honey, hanging from the branches of the young locust trees, in early morning, feel like? Do you think this world was only an entertainment for you? Never to enter the sea and… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

On winter’s margin, see the small birds now With half-forged memories come flocking home To gardens famous for their charity. The green globe’s broken; vines like tangled veins Hang at the entrance to the silent wood. With half a loaf, I am the prince of crumbs; By snow’s down, the birds amassed will sing Like… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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