Thought for 2012


Have you ever seen

anything in your life

more wonderful

than the way the sun,

every evening,

relaxed and easy,

floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,

or the rumpled sea,

and is gone –

and how it slides again,

out of the blackness,

every morning,

on the other side of the world,

like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,

say, on a morning in early summer,

at its perfect imperial distance –

and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love –

do you think there is anywhere, in any language,

a word billowing enough

for the pleasure

that fills you, as the sun reaches out,

as it warms you

as you stand there,

empty-handed –

or have you too

turned from this world –

or have you too

gone crazy for power,

for things?

Mary Oliver – New and Selected Poems – Volume One.