The Sun by Mary Oliver

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MalaBeads
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The Sun by Mary Oliver

Postby MalaBeads » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:03 pm

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets and this is certainly one of her best poems, imo. Is it a "Dharma" poem? Depends on how much the Dharma fills your body and mind, enlivening everything you see and do.


The Sun

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
empty-handed--
or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

~ Mary Oliver ~


(New and Slected Poems)
I am well aware of my idiocy. I am also very aware that you too are an idiot. Therein lies our mutuality.

greentara
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Re: The Sun by Mary Oliver

Postby greentara » Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:48 am

A beautiful, delightful poem. It's winter here and yes the sun is so welcome as it warms ones heart, not to mention frozen nose, fingers and toes.

MalaBeads
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Re: The Sun by Mary Oliver

Postby MalaBeads » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:14 am

Mary Oliver is worth reading.

:smile:
I am well aware of my idiocy. I am also very aware that you too are an idiot. Therein lies our mutuality.


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