Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thank You!

Thank you world, and thank you classmates and instructors, for offering yourself to my imagination; for flying together on this writing adventure!!

by Mary Oliver

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.


  1. 'the soft animal of your body' - love that phrase - it really struck and stuck with me. Powerful piece.

  2. Shawne - "Wild Geese" is one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver. Thank you for sharing your "self" honestly and openly this week. I love your creativity.