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Finding Beauty in a Sliver of a Moment

November 9, 2016

Sometimes we need to breathe in deeply, listen to the rain drops, and love one another.  In the end, the universe is bigger than we are. 



I offer the following lovely poem by Mary Oliver as a call to continue to find beauty in the midst of it all.  In upset, where can we find the edge of our own effective action? To do something, or, to decide to bow to what is? And still, no matter what, to intentionally look hard in between to appreciate

the boldness of a blade of grass poking up through stone. 



~ Mary Oliver ~(Why I Wake Early)

Every day
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?

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