[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday evening (found) poem

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 18:24:48 EDT

I love Mary Oliver always, but this particular poem I particularly needed  
today.  Thanks for posting it.
Julie Krueger

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(found) poem  Date: 6/11/06 4:44:07 P.M. Central Daylight Time  From: 
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The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver...

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 down 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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