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Mary Oliver

Sometimes 1. Something came upout of the dark.It wasn’t anything I had ever seen before.It wasn’t an animalor a flower,unless it was both. Something came up out of the water,a head the size of a catbut muddy and without ears.I don’t know what God is.I don’t know what death is. But I believe they have… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

7. Death waits for me, I know it, aroundone corner or another.This doesn’t amuse me.Neither does it frighten me. 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,… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Gretel Ehrlich

The lessons of impermanence taught me this: loss constitutes an odd kind of fullness; despair empties out into an unquenchable appetite for life. ― Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces (‎Penguin Books, December 2, 1986)

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Rebecca Solnit

We treat desire as a problem to be solved, address what desire is for and focus on that something and how to acquire it rather than on the nature and the sensation of desire, though often it is the desire between us and the object of desire that fills the space in between with the… Continue reading Rebecca Solnit

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Mary Oliver

Peonies This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready   to break my heart      as the sun rises,         as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers and they open —   pools of lace,      white and pink —         and all day the black ants climb over them, boring their deep and mysterious… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

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 dowith your one wild and precious life? — Mary Oliver, from “The Summer Day,” House of Light. (Beacon Press; Later Printing edition April 8, 1992)

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Mary Oliver

Peonies This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready   to break my heart      as the sun rises,         as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers and they open —   pools of lace,      white and pink —         and all day the black ants climb over them, boring their deep and mysterious… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Rebecca Solnit

As a writer, you withdraw and disconnect yourself from the world in order to connect to it in the far-reaching way that is other people elsewhere reading the words that came together in this contemplative state. What is vivid in the writing is not in how it hits the senses but what it does in… Continue reading Rebecca Solnit

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