Thursday, April 14, 2011

When I am Among Trees

When I am Among Trees

Mary Oliver (Thirst)

When I am among the trees,
Especially the willows and the honey locust,
Equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
They give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
In which I have goodness, and discernment,
And never hurry through the world,
            but walk slowly and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
And call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
Into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
With light, and to shine.”

1 comment:

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Love the quote
Could I use this for my upcoming Solo show.
Walk through the woods with me?
It would be appropriate for the show
I am all about the trees.
Mary Ann

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