Mary Oliver Mashup Poem – May 7, 2019

OM4 – Oxygen Mary Oliver Modestly Offers Me

You don’t ever know where a sentence will take you. (“Fox”)

The mind can seize both the instant and the memory. (“Winter at Herring Cove”)

There are things you can’t reach.  But you can reach out to them, and all day long. (“Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does it End?”)

Sometimes there are no rules. (“Three Things to Remember”)

We shake with joy, we shake with grief. (“We Shake with Joy”)

Sometimes the river murmurs, sometimes it raves. (“At the River Clarion”)

On a cot by an open window, I lie and remember. (“No Voyage”)

Prayers fly from all directions. God no doubt understands them all. (“Whistling Swans”)

Sleep comes its little while. (“An Old Story”)

On a cot by an open window. (“No Voyage”)


One day you knew what you had to do and began. (“The Journey”)

    -Kim Johnson, composed with lines from poetry by Mary Oliver

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