January reads: Mary Oliver

One of my intentions this year is read and learn more about nature and our world. I started with the poet, Mary Oliver.  I first heard about her on my favorite podcast, OnBeing with Krista Tippett. I was moved by her work and have been reading her poetry on the internet. This week I checked out her book “A Thousand Mornings”. I have always loved her poem, I go down to the shore.

I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.”


I also loved Poem of One World.

“This morning
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water

and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to

where everything
sooner or later
is a part of everything else

which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.”



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