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Mary Oliver

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

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Mary Oliver

Starlings in Winter Chunky and noisy, but with stars in their black feathers, they spring from the telephone wire and instantly they are acrobats in the freezing wind. And now, in the theater of air, they swing over buildings, dipping and rising; they float like one stippled star that opens, becomes for a moment fragmented,… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world? Because, properly attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion. — Mary Oliver, from “What I Have Learned So Far,” New and Selected Poems. (Beacon Press; Reprint, 2001 edition July… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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