Apr 24, 2010

“Of Love” by Mary Oliver

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The following is one of my favourite poems from Mary Oliver’s Red Bird, a poetry collection I’ll be posting about on Monday for the National Poetry Month blog tour. I’ll save my comments for then, but meanwhile I leave you with the poem itself. I thought it’d make a nice change from all the gloomy poetry I’ve posted so far—not that I don’t love sad things.

“I have been in love more times than one,
thank the Lord. Sometimes it was lasting
whether active or not. Sometimes
it was all but ephemeral, maybe only
an afternoon, but not less real for that.
They stay in my mind, these beautiful people,
or anyway beautiful people to me, of which
there are so many. You, and you, and you,
whom I had the fortune to meet, or maybe
missed. Love, love, love, it was the
core of my life, from which, of course, comes
the word for the heart. And, oh, have I mentioned
that some of them were men and some were women
and some—now carry my revelation with you—
were trees. Or places. Or music flying above
the names of their makers. Or clouds, or the sun
which was the first, and the best, the most
loyal for certain, who looked so faithfully into
my eyes, every morning. So I imagine
such love of the world—its fervency, its shining, its
innocence and hunger to give of itself—I imagine
this is how it began.”



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13 comments:

  1. So beautiful. I do love poetry for the way it gets right to the heart of the thing. :)

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  2. really lovely. true, succint, visceral. it so perfectly captures the moments, the emotions the ephemeral quality of love. thanx for posting.

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  3. really lovely. true, succint, visceral. it so perfectly captures the moments, the emotions the ephemeral quality of love. thanx for posting.

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  4. Wow, I love that! I rarely read poetry, but that's definitely one of my favourites that I've seen. Thanks for posting it.

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  5. Very lovely. I don't Mary Oliver, so I look forward to your post!

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  6. I do so enjoy her poetry. That is a lovely selection for a glorious Saturday morning (well, that's what it is here). And your photo is among the things that I love. So thank you triply. Can't wait to read your "official" post! Happy weekend.

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  7. Beautiful! Think I first heard about Mary Oliver from Nan @ Letters From a Hill Farm.

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  8. Very beautiful poem, Ana. I love how she includes even music. It is so genuine and lovely and unique. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. You are right, this is a very lovely and upbeat poem. Great choice to post!

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  10. OH that's so beautiful :) I have her collection, Thirst, sitting right here...I should read it!

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