Thursday, 9 May 2013

When loneliness comes stalking


When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider
the orderliness of the world. Notice
something you have never noticed before,

like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket
whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb.

Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain,
shaking the water-sparks from its wings.

Let grief be your sister, she will whether or not.
Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also,
like the diligent leaves.

A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world
and the responsibilities of your life.

Scatter your flowers over the graves, and walk away.
Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance.

In the glare of your mind, be modest.
And beholden to what is tactile, and thrilling.

Live with the beetle, and the wind.

~ Mary Oliver ~

From The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem

H/T A Circle of Quiet


  1. Love it suzy. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. What a beautiful poem. Mary Oliver gave us such gifts, didn't she? Loneliness is something my ill daughter struggles with every day and sometimes on an hourly basis. At a young age she's learned to look out for everything there is to be thankful for.

  3. Thank you for sharing this poem. Beautiful (and well-timed for me)!

  4. So beautiful! Reaching to life always helps that sinking away of sorrow. Blessings, Jen

  5. What a wonderful poem♥ And your blog is sooo beautiful,let me look more!
    I come back,happy greetings from germany,

  6. Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing!


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