The American poet and writer Mary Oliver (1935-2019) died last week. However her soul and spirit will live on in her beautiful and evocative words.
She asks her reader
‘Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life…..’
She reminds us that material stuff clutters our lives.
“I have a notion that if you are going to be spiritually curious, you better not get cluttered up with too many material things……”
We are reminded of the importance of giving time, power and energy to that which we love and feel passionately about.
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
“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…….”
In this poem she speaks of her intense love for Mother Nature and the smallest of birds flying among the scarlet flowers……..and that she cannot wait to be the hummingbird……
Thank you Mary Oliver for showing us how to drink from the sweet nectar of life….like the magical hummingbirds.