Thursday, February 14, 2008

Praying - Mary Oliver

My sister introduced me to the poet Mary Oliver a few years ago, for which I am eternally grateful. Christina, for that, you can totally have my vintage black coat and that brown sweater if I die first.

Praying

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

~ Mary Oliver, "thirst"

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