Sunday Morning: Such Silence


As deep as I ever went into the forest
I came upon an old stone bench, very, very old,
and around it a clearing, and beyond that
trees taller and older than I had ever seen.

Such silence!
It really wasn’t so far from a town, but it seemed
all the clocks in the world had stopped counting.
So it was hard to suppose the usual rules applied.

Sometimes there’s only a hint, a possibility.
What’s magical, sometimes, has deeper roots
than reason.
I hope everyone knows that.

I sat on the bench, waiting for something.
An angel, perhaps.
Or dancers with the legs of goats.

No, I didn’t see either. But only, I think, because
I didn’t stay long enough.

– Mary Oliver, Such Silence,” from Blue Horses


Sources: Poem – Thank you Whiskey River. Photo – Delta Breezes


  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    A beautiful Sunday morning!!

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  2. What’s magical, always, has deeper roots
    than reason.
    I too hope everyone knows that.

    Can you imagine? Had she stayed long enough…

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  3. She offers the magical to us…

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  4. Oh Mary, grateful for you who expresses the ineffable joy and magic of the forests. ❤

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  5. Leave room and space for the magic and it will come…usually when you least expect it….

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  6. perfect.

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  7. i LOVE Mary Oliver, David. Thank you.

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  8. Reblogged this on Bright, shiny objects! and commented:
    I always stop to read Mary Oliver…


  9. Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.


  10. Yes, we do have to wait a little longer.

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  11. The photo, reminds me of a quote I see when I go awalkin’:
    “You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.”,,,Amelia Earhart
    I took some photos of trees and the bark of some big old timers, today..75 degrees & beautiful sunlight and sky…and coincidentally I read a very short article and then watched the accompanying, amazing video : I’d planned on leaving it as a reply to your former offering of the elderly man who loved trees and said goodby to those friends in his yard…

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  12. darkquill269 says:

    Reblogged this on Jeff's Mind and commented:
    Stunning in its simplicity


  13. Lots of love here. MAN that felt good!

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  14. We don’t see the magic because we don’t sit long enough… ah yes 💛

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