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Mary Oliver

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me Last night Photo by Shawn Nystrand the rain spoke to me slowly, saying, what joy to come falling out of the brisk cloud… That’s what it said as it dropped, smelling of iron, and vanished… Then it was over. The sky cleared. I was standing under a tree.… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

As for life, I’m humbled, I’m without words sufficient to say how it has been hard as flint, and soft as a spring pond, both of these and over and over … — Mary Oliver, from “Long Afternoon at the Edge of Little Sister Pond,” Wild Geese. (Gardners Books, September 30, 2004)

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Barry Lopez

I felt a calmness birds can bring to people; and, quieted, I sensed here the outlines of the oldest mysteries: the nature and extent of space, the fall of light from the heavens, the pooling of time in the present, as if it were water. – Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams. (Peter Smith Pub Inc, January… Continue reading Barry Lopez

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Mary Oliver

Love, love, love, says Percy. And hurry as fast as you can along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust. Then, go to sleep. Give up your body heat, your beating heart. Then, trust. — Mary Oliver, “I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life,” Red Bird: Poems. (Beacon Press, April 1,… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

To Begin With, the Sweet Grass 1. Will the hungry ox stand in the field and not eat of the sweet grass? Will the owl bite off its own wings? Will the lark forget to lift its body in the air or forget to sing? Will the rivers run upstream? Behold, I say—behold the reliability… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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