Mary Oliver. She must have loved life. She deeply reflected upon it and wrote about it so eloquently. She suffered and enjoyed and made peace. And she wrote about it all.
She encouraged us to slow down and enjoy each moment.
“For how many years did I wander slowly through the forest. What wonder and glory I would have missed had I ever been in a hurry!” —Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem
She encouraged us to see the holy that is wholly visible.
“God, or the gods, are invisible, quite understandable. But holiness is visible, entirely.” —Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem
She encouraged us to live in awe, to live in peace, to live a life fully lived.
“When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”—When Death Comes
An interview with Mary Oliver
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May Mary, the gifted poet, rest in peace. Amen.
“I know, you never intended to be in this world.
But you’re in it all the same.
so why not get started immediately.
I mean, belonging to it.
There is so much to admire, to weep over.
And to write music or poems about.
Bless the feet that take you to and fro.
Bless the eyes and the listening ears.
Bless the tongue, the marvel of taste.
—excerpt from The Fourth Sign of The Zodiac