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Saturday, April 21, 2007

the summer day by mary oliver

As I prepare for my departure tomorrow, I wanted to share a favorite poem
that asks a very important question - what is it you plan to do with your
one wild and precious life?
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down--
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
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 do
With your one wild and precious life?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

kimberly...i am so happy for you---and i can't wait to hear all about this amazing jivamukti experience. i, too, plan to take jivamukti training, and so i will be reading your post avidly.
take good care,