What I Have Learned So Far – Mary Oliver

January 20th, 2015 Posted In: Other Tags: , , , ,

Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I
not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside,
looking into the shining world? Because, properly
attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion.
Can one be passionate about the just, the
ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit
to no labor in its cause? I don’t think so.

All summations have a beginning, all effect has a
story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.
Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of
light is the crossroads of — indolence, or action.

Be ignited, or be gone.

Mary Oliver


From the wonderful collection New and Selected Poems, Volume 2, published by Beacon Press, 2005. I bought my copy on abebooks.

Listen to an interview with Mary Oliver here.