Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Searching for a Sweet Life...

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, towards silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.

When Death Comes by Mary Oliver


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting!! Your very own blog. No pressure, but you know that I have pretty high standards here in the cyber world. Andrea, Jenn, Dooce, not to mention Stefanie Renee. Just kidding. You are going to be great. I hope you enjoy your blank canvas.


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Blogger Heather said...

Wow, I like this poem, I wish I were more like this, I think I live a more fearful life rather than embracing whatever comes. Thanks


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Blogger STEVE said...

well hell! now i'm gonna have to find out how to do pictures & stuff. i really dig the peom. maybe after rockstar is over, i'll try to get a little deep.
" ode to dave..."

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