Thursday, May 7, 2015

may this dress remind us all of the soft animal of our bodies . . .

'moss . . .' (2dec2013) part of my decemberdress series


“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."

mary oliver

today while scruffy & i took our morning constitutional we came upon two geese just chatting it up.  i have always loved that distinctive sound that geese make, but now, thanks to the most amazing Mary Oliver, this unique call brings to mind so much more with this wonderful poem . . .

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“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 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.” 


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