Tuesday, November 20, 2018

OLD FAVORITE - PART 4


When I Am Among the Trees
by 
Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
   but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."








34 comments:

  1. I love this poem!!! As my blog says, we need to let our light shine! Your picture looks so cool, deep, and green.

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    1. I've always loved the name of your blog Ginny, true there too. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Mary Oliver is one of my favourites! Sweet shot too.

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    1. Thank you Lady Fi! She is a favorite of mine too and I have collected a few of her books.

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  3. I too love trees, and I find the smell of them unusually soothing.

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    1. I agree with you Valerie, and I love to walk through the woods.

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  4. To walk among trees is surely one of the most cathartic experiences one can possibly have. And when you take a moment to contemplate the sheer number of other organisms they support it is staggering.

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  5. I've been a lover of trees since a very young age, first my favorite was oak, then madrone, now it's every tree. I have read Mary Oliver occasionally on other blogs and I need to pick up a book of her poems so I can savor her words even more often.

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    1. Thank you Linda! She is a wonderful writer of poems, and I especially love her nature ones.

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  6. Hello, I love this poem. I am a tree lover and hugger. Enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  7. beautiful poem, I also am a tree lover/hugger

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  8. As an outdoor lover, I know the trees. I like the smell of first sap in the spring and fallen leaves in the fall.

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    1. It is, walked this path many, many times over the years.

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  10. Isn’t that a perfect photo for a perfect poem....a perfectly beautiful walk among those trees only made more perfect by being accompanied by a child!

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    1. Hi Sallie, I couldn't resist taking a picture of the family. That's daddy up ahead with their dog.

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  11. Beautiful words and I am so glad we have so many forests here. Take are Diane

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  12. I love, love, love this poem! So beautiful, Denise. ♥

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  13. One of my daughter's favorite poets.

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  14. What a wonderful reminder of the joy of nature if we just take a moment to explore and look around. Hugs and thanks so much! RO

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    1. Thank you RO, and hugs and thanks to you too :)

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