Wild geese

(Migrating geese. Photo by Robin. 2006)

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on,
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

~Mary Oliver

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Robin

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

4 thoughts on “Wild geese”

  1. I am truly drawn to this “skyscape”. Its simplicity of composition brings a sense of serenity and peace to me (which I need at this moment). It is truly an image worthy of contemplation.

  2. The agree with Lori, the photograph is serene – and a family. I don’t know the poet but having read it three times now I can honestly say it has lifted my spirits. If I can just hang on to that thought… I can be in the ‘family of things’. A beautiful gift to Heather – and thing of beauty for all of us to share.

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