Saturday, April 23, 2011

Percy (2002-2009)

This - I said to Percy when I had left our bed and gone out onto the living room couch where he found me apparently doing nothing – this is called thinking. It’s something people do, not being entirely children of the earth, like a dog or a tree or a flower. His eyes questioned such an activity…Actually I like kissing better.

A Year's Rising with Mary Oliver's Poems 
January 1, 2010 - April 23, 2011

Oh Mary and readers, we are at our last poem together and it is one where I resist her words.  This happens so rarely.  For I feel that people are entirely children of this earth. Our thinking is as the sap rising in the tree and a dog drooling.  Maybe if I had the gift of genius of words that Mary had, I too would feel a separation from life around me.  For how can words capture the kiss of the morning sun upon one’s face and the caress of the wind or a feathered wing?

I suppose they can’t, but they do remind us where the path is.

So I thank you Mary for this time together, for keeping me on the path to see beauty, tragedy, interconnection - reality - in all moments.

And now I think I will lay down my pen, and go and kiss the ground and hug a tree  - my future and always daily nature meditation.

What might you share with others here about your experience of Mary’s poems and our shared reflections?

What is your daily nature meditation?


  1. Bless you LoraKim and thank you so much for all you have given us and helped discover on this blog.

  2. thank you to for sharing the journey!

  3. Thank you for leading the journey. It has greatly enriched my life. It feels so good to know someone who finds spirituality in the same way I do. I will continue to reread some of the more meaningful poems as I arise each day, and review the reflections.

  4. Thank you, LoraKim for your dedication to this undertaking. It is this blog that opened the door for me to create my own blog. I found that I needed to share the poems I encounter that are just too good too keep to myself or ones that I find puzzling. I don't know how you found the discipline to do this daily, but I find it rewarding to post poems a couple times each week. I would recommend it to those of you who do not already have your own blog.

  5. Thank you for commenting on a couple of my stories, Evi. It's so lovely to get feedback. I'm going to dip into your blog over the next days. I'm not very familiar with Mary Oliver - but I do know (and love) Wild Geese so I'm looking forward to finding out more.