Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mary Oliver

"It's been a quiet week in Lake Erie"--just another Ordinary Week except, of course, for a day and night of excitement Tuesday with the historic Inauguration Day.

So I think it would be a good time to share another poem from Mary Oliver's book, Red Bird. The only thing is, Which one do I share? they are all so wonderful. Ok, here goes. Hope you like this one.

"There Is a Place Beyond Ambition"

When the flute players
couldn't think of what to say next

they laid down their pipes,
then they lay down themselves
beside the river

and just listened.
Some of them, after a while,
jumped up
and disappeared back inside the busy town.
But the rest--
so quiet, not even thoughtful--
are still there,

still listening.

Mary Oliver


Our woods--our winter world.