Kind

2008-2-8-mary-oliver-hi-resToday’s Word: ‘kind’ as in Mary Oliver, “…a bride married to amazement.”

Mary Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, a recipient of the National Book Award and a woman full of life and aliveness. Although she had every reason to be bitter and angry about a lot of things, she found a way – or, more precisely – a way found her through her remarkable poetry to become a woman full of kindness.

Please listen to Krista Tippett’s interview with Mary Oliver at The On Being Project, entitled “Listening To The World“.

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When Death Comes

When death comes

like the hungry bear in autumn;

when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

 

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;

when death comes

like the measle-pox

 

when death comes

like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

 

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:

what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

 

And therefore I look upon everything

as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,

and I look upon time as no more than an idea,

and I consider eternity as another possibility,

 

and I think of each life as a flower, as common

as a field daisy, and as singular,

 

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,

tending, as all music does, toward silence,

 

and each body a lion of courage, and something

precious to the earth.

 

When it’s over, I want to say all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

 

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

 

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.

 

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

–Mary Oliver, October 3, 2006

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