Saturday, July 23, 2016

Freshen the Flowers, She Said 

So I put them in the sink, for the cool porcelain
was tender,
and took out the tattered and cut each stem
on a slant,
trimmed the black and raggy leaves, and set them all -
roses, delphiniums, daisies, iris, lilies,
and more whose names I don't know, in bright new water -
gave them

a bounce upward at the end to let them take
their own choice of position, the wheels, the spurs,
the little sheds of the buds. It took, to do this,
perhaps fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes of music
with nothing playing.

-Mary Oliver-

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Are my boots old?  Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?"

-Mary Oliver-

Saturday, May 28, 2016

"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up
the most room in your heart."

- A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh -

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing 
to be dazzled--
to cast side the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great master.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing--
that the light is everything--that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and falling.  And I do."

-Mary Oliver-

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Close friendships are one of life's miracles--that a few people get to know you deeply, 
all your messy or shadowy stuff along with the beauty and sweetness, and they still love you.  
Not only still love you, but love you more and more deeply. 
 I would do anything for my closest friends, and they would do almost anything for me,
 and that is about as spiritual a truth as you can get."

-Anne Lamott-