‘Let me light my lamp,’ say the star, ‘and never debate if it will help to remove the darkness.’ Before the end of my journey may I reach within myself the one which is the all, leaving the outer shell to float away with the drifting multitude upon the current of chance and change. —… Continue reading Rabindranath Tagore
The Oak Tree Loves Patience The oak tree loves patience, the mountain is still looking, as it has for centuries, for a word to say about the gradual way it slides itself back to the world below to begin again, in another life, to be fertile. When the… Continue reading Mary Oliver
After the rain, I went back into the field of sunflowers. It was cool, and I was anything but drowsy. I walked slowly, and listened to the crazy roots, in the drenched earth, laughing and growing. — Mary Oliver, from “Sometimes,” Red Bird (Beacon Press 2008)
A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home. — Rumi, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing. (Harper One, 2003)
There are amazing things in the ocean, and there is one who is the ocean. — Rumi, from “Earsight,” Bridge to the Soul: Journeys Into the Music and Silence of the Heart (HarperOne, 2007)
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. — Rainer Maria Rilke, from “I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone,” A Book for the Hours of Prayer. (Riverhead Books; Eighth Printing edition April 1, 1997) Originally published 1905.
Believe me these are not just words talking. This is my life, thinking of the darkness to follow. — Mary Oliver, from “Sand Dabs, Three,” West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)