An end of the year thought from Mary Oliver:
"Trying to be Thoughtful in the First Brights of Dawn"
I am thinking, or trying to think, about all the
imponderables for which we have
no answers, yet endless interest all the
range of our lives,
and it's good for the head no doubt
to undertake such meditation; Mystery, after all,
is God's other name, and deserves our
But, but--excuse me now, please;
it's morning, heavenly bright,
and my irrepressible heart begs me to hurry on
into the next exquisite moment.
Lots of variety when it comes to manger scenes: