Wild Geese

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This morning I was awaken by the distinctive sound of honking geese and knew it was once again time for change.

wild geese by MO

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,

the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Seven Canadian Geese flying in formation on clear blue sky

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.

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

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