Monday, October 22, 2012

What I'm Reading Now: Wild Geese

I'm a huge fan of the blog A Cup Of Jo so when Joanna started a new series of "Fall Challenges" I was totally in for the ride. The Fall Challenge #2 is memorizing a poem by Thursday which I thought was a perfect challenge to tackle. Wild Geese was a recommendation from Joanna and after reading it I knew this was it.

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Wild Geese
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

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