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The Monday Poem > Mysteries, Yes by Mary Oliver (11th July 2016)

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message 1: by Greg (last edited Jul 11, 2016 06:06PM) (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Mostly, I love the meaning of this poem. Other Oliver poems have sharper images and better rhythms, but I love this one anyway.

MYSTERIES, YES

by Mary Oliver

Truly, we live with mysteries
    too marvellous to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the mouths of lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever in allegiance
    with gravity while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the scars of damage
    to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think
     they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!"
     and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.


message 2: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 58 comments I like this one too Greg!


message 3: by Gloria (new)

Gloria Sun (sunrequiem) | 38 comments Nice! Thank you for sharing!


message 4: by Dhanaraj (new)

Dhanaraj Rajan | 2962 comments Superb poem. Loved it. Life s truly a mystery to be lived. Thanks Greg.


message 5: by Gill (new)

Gill | 5720 comments An excellent poem, Greg. Thanks!


message 6: by Leslie (last edited Jul 12, 2016 04:37PM) (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I love this sentiment:

"Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think
they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!"
and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads. "


Thanks Greg!


message 7: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Thanks everyone! And Leslie, I love that part too!


message 8: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ Love this one, this poet is one of my favorites and this poem is just perfect.


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