The World Goes On

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

source: Mary Oliver
image: Eddie’s Images
Yellowstone River

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29 thoughts on “The World Goes On

  1. I was quite content to just leave a like on ”The World Goes On”.
    Then I thought I could add my own musing’s contemplation as I gazed on a little, magic lake in a park of my childhood.

    Bred In Captivity Like Us:
    Grey shrouded little lake’s fate, you look serene, lonely, pensive, resting.
    Is beguiling undercurrent’s secret mate, sensuality suggesting?

    Blue skies, vivid hues casting shadows, occupants cresting.
    Springtime’s surrounding views see all Nature nesting.

    The sun’s blinding light, causing magic that moves waters existing.
    The moon’s mirrored night sees fresh sea-suitors’ rain clouds persisting.

    Hypnotic fluidity’s dark depths, and shimmering waters.
    Through fertile humidity, I see captivating mere daughters.

    And the symbol of Love clue being a rose = arose:
    When the last petal falls and dies, new seeds are sown, new Souls arise.

    Sent with Blessings
    Sibyl X

  2. Mary’s writing is so distinctive. I wish Oz had a similar woman to express this world, yet happily I’ll immerse myself into her words. Have a great day Eddie.

kindness is always welcome

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