Mary Oliver Mash-Up – May 4th
OM 1 – Orienteering Mary Oliver Modestly Offers Me
Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? (“Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches”)

Consider the orderliness of the world. (“Flare”)

Consider the other kingdoms. (“The Other Kingdoms”)

Come with me into the woods. (“Bazougey”)

Sit now very quietly in some lovely, wild place and listen to the silence. (“A Lesson from James Wright”)

Notice something you have never noticed before. (“Flare”)

Do your best. (“Ropes”)

Have you noticed? (“Ghosts”)

Live with the beetle, and the wind. (“Flare”)

Imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going. (“At the River Clarion”)

Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable. (“Evidence”)

I want you to fill your hands with the mud, like a blessing. (“Rice”)

Accept the miracle. (“Logos”)

Let God and the world know you are grateful that the gift has been given. (“The Gift”)

Visit the garden. (“To Begin With, the Sweet Grass”)

Count the roses, red and fluttering. (“From the Book of Time”)

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate.  Give in to it. (“Don’t Hesitate)

Just keep on liking things. And praying. (“You Never Know Where a Conversation is Going to Go”)

Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance. (“Flare”)

In the glare of your mind, be modest. (“Flare”)

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. (“Sometimes”)

Things! Burn them, burn them! (Storage)

Eat, drink, be happy.  (“Logos”)

Eat bread and understand conflict. Drink water and understand delight. (“To Begin With, the Sweet Grass”)

Love yourself. Then forget it. Then love the world. (“To Begin With, the Sweet Grass”)

Scatter your flowers over the graves, and walk away. (“Flare”)

Think about what it is that music is trying to say. (“Drifting”)

Put your lips to the world and live your life. (“Mornings at Blackwater”)
  -Kim Johnson, using borrowed lines from selected poems by Mary Oliver


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