It’s simple…


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…

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.


Mary Oliver

14 thoughts on “It’s simple…

  1. I love Mary Oliver’s words so very much. I am entirely smitten with the languid and undulating shadows of that willow.

  2. Mary is a mutual passion Cheryl. She helps us go on and remember what’s important. I am very sad for our neighbours and friends in the United States — yes — but I also have great faith in the ones I know and love — together, you will not let the lights go out.

  3. Sherry: Your beautiful picture of a willow tree reminds me of the one I used to climb in my backyard as a boy. When it was suggested that we cut it down for a swimming pool, I chose the willow tree instead.


  4. Oh how I love Mary Oliver…and look at you, perfect tree for that perfect poem…that is a poem and photo that should be looked at and read often…it’s true…Simple and if we could all shine our light, what a wonderful world it would be…
    Thank you Sherry for this at the most sad our Country.

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