Home again…


Processed with Kim’s magic textures.

Wild Geese

by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
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 announcing your place
in the family of things.

Linking with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.

20 thoughts on “Home again…

  1. Thanks, Laurie! I didn’t know if it would work, but I do like it. I keep looking for images I can convert to black and white since I love it so much. Love your lighthouse image.

  2. How lovely! Simple and elegant- love the black and white! And this is a favorite poem of mine too.

  3. Two graceful wild geese and maybe those are their babies in the background? I can’t quite see if they are the same species. It’s always lovely to see birds return to their place of origin when they have wintered in warmer lands.

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