Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Sun


Photo by Bonbayel taken on the coast of Maine.

A poem by Mary Oliver

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--

Photo by Tate Web taken in Ireland.

and how it slides again
out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,

like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--

and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

About Mary Oliver
This poem has been sent out to the staff at Citizenre. I thought you'd enjoy it, too!
Happy Thanksgiving for the Americans reading this today!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lovely poem and thanks for using my photo (November Sunrise by Tateweb) and crediting me.