Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
(Mary Oliver, The Summer Day)

*Thank you to Traci, who knows my voice and knows that I love Mary Oliver. She found this poem and sent it to me today and I am grateful for her love and kindness.

1 comment:

Greg said...

In turn, I am grateful for your sharing this wonderful poem here. It's been great weather for falling down on the grass and making the most (or the least) of these summer days.