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Mindful of the Beauty

Mindful by Mary Oliver

Every day I see or hear something that more or less

kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle 

in a haystack of light.

It was what I was born for- to look, to listen,

to lose myself inside this soft world-

to instruct myself over and over

in joy, and acclamation.   Nor am I talking about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful, 

the very extravagant-

but of the ordinary, the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these-

the untrimmable light of the world,

the ocean's shine, the prayers that are made 

out of grass?


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Reader Comments (7)

What a beautiful mellow image, i love this and the Mary Oliver poem is wonderful.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv

The soft colors in the image are just beautiful - I could easily look at this all day long and never tire of it. And the poem - just perfect! xo

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

A delicious poem to go with a delicious image, Cheryl. It is so soft, subtle and glowing with goodness. Love it.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

What a beautiful photo and poem - I love it!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosie Grey

Gorgeous! Lovely image and poem!

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

What an amazing poem and sentiment...and photo! So fitting for this Thanksgiving season.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Powers Fabian

Beautiful poem and very imposing photo of a tree!

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosanna

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