Praying ~ Mary Oliver

elizabeth blue, bird tattoo,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.

~from Mary Oliver’s collection of poetry, “Thirst” (Beacon Press, 2006).

Thank you to my wonderful mother for sending this at the perfect time. I’m mostly without words these days, while I’m resting and recuperating from my move and all that was involved. I expect they’ll be back soon, and Elizabeth will have more to say too…

4 thoughts on “Praying ~ Mary Oliver

  1. Thank you for sharing these words….the phrase “this isn’t a contest but a doorway” resonates with me; a needed and lovely reminder of what we are trying to do here. Every time I post a new essay, I begin to feel anxious; will I find the words for the next one? I have to remind myself that A Swift Current readers are not sitting on the edge of their seats, but are sharing my reflections as they unfold. Thank your mom for me. And thank you. Hallie

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