Have you visited God’s creation or fallen in love with it?


When Death Comes

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps his purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering;
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(New and Selected Poems, Volume I)

… I am thinking about this Sunday’s gospel reading –it’s the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I am reminded of this poem by Mary Oliver. She is a wonderful poet. If you haven’t read her, check her out! This poem is shared courtesy of Gina’s friend Kathy. Kathy sent it to Gina and Gina shared it with me. God’s peace to you.

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One Response to Have you visited God’s creation or fallen in love with it?

  1. Karla says:

    This is GREAT! I shared it with my friends on Facebook after reading it – I think I have some friends there for whom it will be greatly appreciated. (Thanks for sharing.)

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