the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

—  Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

Photo: Daybreak. Jan 9, 2021. 6:54 am. 24° F, feels like 13° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford CT


  1. Beautiful photo. “Wild Geese” is also one of my favorite poems.

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  2. The most healing poem ever. Many thanks, my friend.

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  3. this is a brilliant poem, feels like a blessing

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  4. Perfect poem and photo for today – thank you

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  5. I have to thank you for introducing me to Mary Oliver all that time ago. Since then, she keeps appearing here and there and seemingly just when we need it. Like today. Perfect, David.

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  6. Some of my favorite words ever written. Mary Oliver knew things. I’m glad she shared them with us. And thank you for sharing her with us David. Happy New Year.

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  7. I think they may be migrating to Australia. A bit safer down here ha!! 🦅

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Heading home again!!

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  9. Magical.

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  10. Thank you for touching deep in my heart today 💕

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