“When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields,
consider the orderliness of the world.
Notice something you have never noticed before…

Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain,
shaking the water-sparks from its wings.

A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world
and the responsibilities of your life.

Scatter your flowers over the graves, and walk away.
Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance.

In the glare of your mind, be modest.
And beholden to what is tactile, and thrilling.”
~Mary Oliver from “The Leaf and the Cloud”


2 thoughts on “Beholden

  1. How sad to think of all the things (and people) that we take for granted in our lives, reasoning that they will always be there for us to appreciate and enjoy….we do not always get second chances….


  2. A good reminder by Mary Oliver to take a break from our daily newscasts and to look around and appreciate the natural splendor that is our world.


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