Mary Oliver

It seems that lately, I’m doing more art business than I am art! And so it must be sometimes—there is show logistics and emails and orders. I am looking forward to the Fall when I will be able to have more of a balance. So, no drawings today, but I will let Mary Oliver draw you a picture with a poem.

I love Mary Oliver—her poetry is beautifully organic and honest. She has this way of creating a beautiful natural image and then weaving it into an astounding message about life. I have mentioned her on this blog before, but recently one of her poetry books found me at a library book sale, and I felt like it was destiny!

Here’s a poem included in that book, a collection of poems about birds called Owls and Other Fantasies:

“Long Afternoon at the Edge of Little Sister Pond”
by Mary Oliver

As for life,
I’m humbled,
I’m without words
sufficient to say

how it has been hard as flint,
and soft as a spring pond,
both of these
and over and over,

and long pale afternoons besides,
and so many mysteries
beautiful as eggs in a nest,
still unhatched

though warm and watched over
by something I have never seen—
a tree angel, perhaps,
or a ghost of holiness.

Every day I walk out into the world
to be dazzled, then to be reflective.
It suffices, it is all comfort—
along with human love,

dog love, water love, little-serpent love,
sunburst love, or love for that smallest of birds
flying among the scarlet flowers.
There is hardly time to think about

stopping, and lying down at last
to the long afterlife, to the tenderness
yet to come, when
time will brim over the singular pond, and become forever,

and we will pretend to melt away into the leaves.
As for death,
I can’t wait to be the hummingbird,
can you?

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3 Responses to “Mary Oliver”


  1. 1 winterdandelion August 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I just discovered your blog by way of the fabulous ‘tag surfer’ route, to read the Mary Oliver poem – and was happy to see you are an etsy seller – my fave shopping experience on the net. Hope it is ok to add you to my blogroll.

  2. 2 Kerri August 27, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Oh I love Mary Oliver! I’m so jealous of you finding a book of her poems! The library here has no copies of her work at all! So sad :(


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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