Friday, August 12, 2022

WHOEVER YOU ARE…

 “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination, 
Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting…
Over and over again, announcing your place in the family of things.” 



Mary Jane Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.  Her work is inspired by nature, rather than the human world, stemming from her lifelong passion for solitary walks in the wild. It is characterized by a sincere wonderment at the impact of natural imagery, conveyed in unadorned language. In 2007, she was declared to be the country's best-selling poet.

38 comments:

  1. I love it! I actually have one of her poetry books. And what perfect photos to go along with her prose!

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    1. Thank you Ginny, happy you enjoyed. I am also happy we both enjoy Mary’s poetry. She has been a favorite of mine for many years and left a wonderful legacy.

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  2. Geese are fun to watch. You asked about Orkney Springs and it is open for the public to visit. The conference center there is called Shrinemont and is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

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    1. They certainly are! Thank you for letting me know about Orkney Springs. I would love to visit some time :)

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  3. A beautifully illustrated beautiful poem. Thank you.

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    1. You are very welcome Sue:) So glad you enjoyed and thank you.

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  4. Beautiful photos is the 1st one, the second one it good too.

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  5. Geese are fascinating creatures.
    Lovely photos, Denise.

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    1. Thank you Veronica Lee and I totally agree, geese are very fascinating :)

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  6. Wonderful photos of the geese. I like that poem too.

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  7. I enjoy Mary Oliver's poem, love the cute geese. Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi Eileen, and thank you :) You take care and enjoy your day also!

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    1. Obrigada! Fico feliz que tenha gostado das minhas fotos. Um abraço e feliz dia e fim de semana :)

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  9. I like Mary Oliver. Some yoga teachers love her quotes.

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    1. That's interesting Angie, about the yoga teachers. I can see why they would love her quotes :) Thank you!

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  10. Look at those geese, strutting around like they own the joint.

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  11. our local spca has a whole pond of these same geese and also ducks and racoons now and then.

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    1. How wonderful! That is good to hear, thank you Sandra :)

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  12. I adore Mary Oliver and your darling photos, Denise! Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Me too Martha Ellen, she has an amazing way with words. Thank you and a happy weekend to you also :)

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  13. Such a calming poem. Good for the inner self. Thanks.
    As for geese, I only watch them from a distance... I've been bitten/ambushed too many times. 😁

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    1. I agree Anni :) and I can see you have known the way of the goose only too well. Best to keep our distance, to all wildlife.

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  14. Lovely post.
    Wishing you a happy weekend.

    All the best Jan

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  15. Our daughter enjoys Oliver and I've purchased books for her in the past. Fun photos.

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    1. That would make a lovely gift for your daughter Ellen :) Glad you liked the photos.

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  16. I love this Denise! Perfect illustrations for the perfect quote. She was wonderful.

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