Whoever You Are

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.

Mary Oliver

11 thoughts on “Whoever You Are

  1. I have nearly every book of poems (some prose too) written by Mary Oliver and you quote the first poem of hers that attracted me to her writing. 💖 I’m overwhelmed and enlightened, again 💐💐🙏

  2. Cool critter Eddie 🤔the world offers itself to your imagination…so lovely from Mary Oliver…have a creative and fun filled day…now I’m going to search that critter 🤓👌 hugs love and joy 🌷❣️💫

kindness is always welcome

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