“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver
Who: Mary Oliver
What: American poet
Where: Born in a small town in Ohio, and currently Provincetown, Massachusetts,
Why: I admire Mary Oliver’s enchanting way to express so much powerfully and eloquently using so few words. Communicating clearly and effectively is something I have been struggling with lately, finding it hard to say what I am intending to say, all the while reaching to capture the right words.
A favorite poem of mine crafted by Mary Oliver is The Summer Day, from House of Light (1990).
The Summer Day
Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Read more about this lovely writer at http://maryoliver.beacon.org/
Have a fabulous Sunday, and may it be an inspired one.