Lightly Child, Lightly

lest we would sift it down
into fractions, and facts
and what the soul is, also
I believe I will never quite know.
Though I play at the edges of knowing,
truly I know
our part is not knowing,
but looking, and touching, and loving,
which is the way I walked on,
through the pale-pink morning light.

-Mary Oliver, from “Bone” in “Why I Wake Early


  • Photo: spanishlandia
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Yes. Being at peace and moving with not knowing. 🌅

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  2. subtle
    and so, so welcome!

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  3. and the perfect way to walk on

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  4. Reblogged this on Views from the Edge and commented:
    Reading Mary Oliver and a photography of dawn offer a great way to greet the day.

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  5. There is a softness in the early morning, a sense that what’s past is past, the feeling that all is forgiven and you are granted a clean slate, an opportunity to enter the world afresh and be that person you want to be. I am sitting here letting the sounds of my new environs wash over me…a symphony of frogs and bird song that I don’t yet recognize, broken occasionally by the call of an owl, my old friend from the North. It’s as if he is gently reminding me that although much has changed, underlying constants remain, for which I am grateful. So important to celebrate life’s blessings, something that Ms. Oliver conveys so eloquently….

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  6. A pale pink dawn. Yes! You’ve captured it exactly in your pairing of poetry and picture.

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  7. May we all embrace the not knowing with the softness of pink morning light . Thanks for sharing Mary today 💛

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  8. A peaceful way to start the morning.

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  9. That picture is sublime….
    That sentiment… as I read this at the ridiculous hour of 2:30 am is perfect for me to got to sleep to, even if it is meant for dawn.

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  10. Stunning photo…Mary Oliver doesn’t disappoint…

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