(252) Appreciation: The Poetry of Mary Oliver

imageI love her glimpses into nature and spirituality. I love how she brings me into myself when I read her words. I love that she lives the creative life so fully and generously. Mary Oliver’s poetry is one of those things that is very right with the world.

I had a chance to hear her read and speak about her poetry a few years ago, an event that was held at a church on Sanibel Island. When she reads it is like hearing a gospel. But her self-deprecating humor kept her from being a preacher.

I came by way of the poems most people know: “Wild Geese,” “The Journey,” and my personal favorite “The Summer Day.”  But there are many more poems that have brightened my life, the one above being an example. Thank you, Mary, for reminding me to live and sing and appreciate the life I have. Everything else shrinks in contrast.

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