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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Summer Weekend.

...looked this like around here.

And it all reminded me of Mary Oliver's wonderful poem, perfect for this first real summer day.
The Summer Day
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean ---
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down ---
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

- Mary Oliver (from House of Light)
I hope summer is showing her beautiful face where you are, too.

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8 Comments:

Blogger alexa said...

How very lovely. Both photos and words. Idle and blessed sounds glorious ... Wishing you many more sunny happy summer days!

Monday, 20 June, 2016  
Blogger Debbie said...

This poem is one of my favorites, thanks for sharing!

Monday, 20 June, 2016  
Blogger Bonny said...

Idle and blessed does sound pretty good, and now I'm also wondering if I can actually feed a grasshopper sugar from my hand. Something to add to my summer bucket list!

Monday, 20 June, 2016  
Blogger margene said...

I wonder if Mary knows her poetry is loved by so many knitters? Mary's instruction on how to enjoy a summers day is just as it should be. I think I'll go fling myself into the grass!

Monday, 20 June, 2016  
Blogger Carole Julius said...

Beautiful and just what I needed for tonight as I had to attend the wake of a very dear friend. Thank you for lifting my spirit.

Monday, 20 June, 2016  
Blogger Lydia said...

yes it is, the blue skies are soooo hard to resist.

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016  
Blogger Penny said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful summer scenes. Summer is showing her stormy face today but a stroll through the fields sounds like a lovely way to spend a summer day.

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016  
Blogger Honoré said...

Perfect welcome for summer and a strawberry moon. Makes one forget the heat and humidity that comes with summer!
Cheers~

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016  

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