Miracle. All of it.

All I can tell you is what I know.

Look, and look again.
This world is not just a little thrill for the eyes.

It’s more than bones.
It’s more than the delicate wrist with its personal pulse.
It’s more than the beating of the single heart.
It’s praising.
It’s giving until the giving feels like receiving.
You have a life – just imagine that
You have this day, and maybe another, and maybe
still another.

– Mary Oliver, from “To Begin With, the Sweet Grass” in Evidence: Poems


  • Poem – Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels. Art print: Heart of Aspens by Michael Zheng
  • Post title Inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”


  1. yes, each day we wake up we are lucky

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  2. Ah, Mary Oliver…preach

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  3. Miracle, all of Her.
    The fact that one can read 2 lines into anything she wrote and know, “This has to be Oliver.” Because the universe only speaks like this through her.
    And still have something new to say each time.

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  4. Sawsan hit it precisely…Mary’s voice is singular and so very good. Thank you for starting my Sunday with this benediction, pal…

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    POEM … so much more!! … ‘You have this day, and maybe another, and maybe still another.’ Mary Oliver, from “To Begin With, the Sweet Grass” in Evidence: Poems.


  6. Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry seem to me the literary contemporary Eve and Adam, they so naturally harbor God within their gifts. We are so fortunate to have had them enter our journey.

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  7. Gorgeous image to go with these perfect words for my Sunday (well, everyone’s Sunday…)

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  8. For some reason I can’t think of a single thing to say

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  9. Her poems and wisdom always move me! Love the picture too…

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  10. Makes my Wednesday !!!! Boy, I AM behind….. if this was for Sunday.

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  11. Wonderful!

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