Wednesday, April 21, 2010

National Poetry Month - Mary Oliver




 Lilies

I have been thinking
about living
like the lilies 
that blow in the fields.

They rise and fall
in the wedge of the wind,
and have no shelter
from the tongues of the cattle,

and have no closets or cupboards,
and have no legs.
Still I would like to be
as wonderful

as that old idea.
But if I were a lily
I think I would wait all day
for the green face

of the hummingbird
to touch me.
What I mean is,
could I forget myself

even in those feathery fields?
When van Gogh
preached to the poor
of course he wanted to save someone -

most of all himself.
He wasn't a lily,
and wandering through the bright fields
only gave him more ideas

it would take his life to solve.
I think I will always be lonely
in this world, where the cattle
graze like a black and white river -

where the ravishing lilies 
melt, without protest, on their tongues -
where the hummingbird, whenever there is a fuss,
just rises and floats away.

3 comments:

  1. "Just rise and float away"


    Cool advice

    Aloha from Waikiki


    Comfort Spiral

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  2. Thanks, Cloudia. My favorite lines are:

    But if I were a lily
    I think I would wait all day
    for the green face

    of the hummingbird
    to touch me.
    What I mean is,
    could I forget myself

    even in those feathery fields?

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  3. Hey there, just testing out to see if you finally opened the blog to commenters without a URL...

    That said, I love the Mary Oliver you chose! Beautiful and simple. Funny that you say those are your favorite lines; as soon as I read the part about the hummingbird, I felt that you must adore that bit.

    -U

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