Friday, April 16, 2021

The Ordinary Daily Presentations

Same Quotidian Windowsill, Same Vase!

As Mary Oliver says,
"the ordinary . . . daily presentations":



I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

[emphasis added]


Mary Oliver, Qu Yuan and more
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@The Fortnightly Kitti Carriker
A literary blog of connection & coincidence;
custom & ceremony


Another vase of daffodils from Katie;
little green Easter basket from Beata!
~ special effects ~

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