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The Old Poets Of China

Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe
that I do not want it. Now I understand
why the old poets of China went so far and high
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“DAISIES

It is possible, I suppose that sometime
we will learn everything
there is to learn: what the world is, for example,
and what it means. I think this as I am crossing
from one field to another, in summer, and the
mockingbird is mocking me, as one who either
knows enough already or knows enough to be
perfectly content not knowing. Song being born
of quest he knows this: he must turn silent
were he suddenly assaulted with answers. Instead

oh hear his wild, caustic, tender warbling ceaselessly
unanswered. At my feet the white-petalled daisies display
the small suns of their center piece, their -- if you don't
mind my saying so -- their hearts. Of course
I could be wrong, perhaps their hearts are pale and
narrow and hidden in the roots. What do I know?
But this: it is heaven itself to take what is given,
to see what is plain; what the sun lights up willingly;
for example -- I think this
as I reach down, not to pick but merely to touch --
the suitability of the field for the daisies, and the
daisies for the field.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
tags: poem
“Though I play at the edges of knowing,
truly I know
our part is not knowing,
but looking, and touching, and loving”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“When it's over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“Why I Wake Early Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and the crotchety— best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens to be where you are in the universe to keep us from ever-darkness, to ease us with warm touching, to hold us in the great hands of light— good morning, good morning, good morning. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!      What a task          to ask of anything, or anyone, yet it is ours,     and not by the century or the year, but by the hours. One”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“Oh, I would like to live in an empty house, with vines for walls, and a carpet of grass. No planks, no plastic, no fiberglass.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“But his big, round music, after all, is too breathy to last.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“Wherever I am, the world comes after me. It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“How blue is the sea, how blue is the sky, how blue and tiny and redeemable everything is, even you, even your eyes, even your imagination. The Soul at Last The Lord’s terrifying kindness has come to me. It was only a small silvery thing—say a piece of silver cloth, or a thousand spider webs woven together, or a small handful of aspen leaves, with their silver backs shimmering. And”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“...I
held my breath
as we do
sometimes
to stop time
when something wonderful
has touched us...”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“Our hands, or minds, our feet hold more intelligence. With this I have no quarrel.
But, what about virtue?”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“All things are inventions of holiness. Some more rascally than others. I”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“How blue is the sea, how blue is the sky,
how blue and tiny and redeemable everything is, even you,
even your eyes, even your imagination.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
tags: poetry
“Oh, to love what is lovely and will not last!
What a task
to ask
of anything, or anyone,
yet it is ours,
and not by the century or the year, but by the hours.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“Whatever you know about here it doesn't
tell you”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“Impossible to believe we need so much
as the world wants us to buy.
I have more clothes, lamps, dishes, paper clips
than I could possibly use before I die. Oh, I would like to live in an empty house,
with vines for walls, and a carpet of grass.
No planks, no plastic, no fiberglass. And I suppose sometime I will.
Old and cold I will lie apart
from all this buying and selling, with only
the beautiful earth in my heart.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early
“to know

our world
is to be busy
all day long
with happiness.”
Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early