*17* poetry Friday

Mary Oliver died yesterday.

I didn’t think I liked poetry before I ‘met’ her. Her poems changed all that, and will always be in her debt, so today instead of a music video you can listen to my favourite poem read by my favourite poet…

And one more….

When Death Comes by Mary Oliver

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,

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 having simply visited this world.

… and meanwhile, life goes on…


One thought on “*17* poetry Friday

  1. She’s one of my favorite poets. Billy Collins is another. I feel blessed to have seen them at a reading, together. Their rapport was evident. She has left this world a better place. Thank you for the poem.

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