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Friday, November 18, 2011

Why I Wake Early


Each Friday we provide the link to the blog that is hosting a celebration of poetry around the blogosphere. At that site you can find the links to the many other blogs that are posting poems (new and old), discussions of poems, and reviews of poetry books. It’s also a great way to explore the internet.

Enjoy the festivities!

The host this week is Tabatha Yeatts.

You can visit her here at The Opposite of Indifference.


(California Meadow by Granville Redmond, 1872-1935,
American painter)

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” ~ Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), American writer

WHY I WAKE EARLY

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even,
the miserable and the crotchety —

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light —
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

~ Mary Oliver, born 1935, American poet

6 comments:

Tabatha said...

Thanks for sharing this, Maria. I've read it before and it's always beautiful. I think poetry is also one of the best preachers, don't you?

Ruth said...

I've never seen this Mary Oliver poem before, and I love it.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Beautiful way to start the day, Maria - thanks! And the painting is a perfect pairing. (Must be feeling alliterative today...?!)

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thank you for a lovely way to start the day!

teacherdance said...

A lovely beginning greeting to our day. It's such a joyous poem.

Tara said...

Oh, one of my favorite Oliver poems. have a copy pasted on the inside cover of my day planner -just to keep my spirits up!