Mary Oliver Mashup – May 5

OM2 – Opinions Mary Oliver Modestly Offers Me

You do not have to be good. (“Wild Geese”)

In every heart, there is a coward and a procrastinator. (“The Kookaburras”)

That’s scary, plain scary! (“You Never Know Where a Conversation is Going to Go”)

Remember, you can’t fix everything in the world for everybody. (“Show Time”)

It does no good to bark at the television. (“Show Time”)

Each of us wears a shadow. (“The Pond”)

Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. (“Three Things to Remember”)

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination. (“Wild Geese”)

A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life. (“Flare”)

How important it is to walk along, not in haste but slowly looking at everything and calling out. (“Yes! No!”)

Nothing you understand will be sweeter or more binding than this deepest affinity between your eyes and the world. (“Terns”)

One or two things are all you need. (“One or Two Things”)

In every heart, there is a god of flowers, just waiting to come out of its cloud and lift its wings. (The Kookaburras”)

Eternity is not later, or in any unfindable place. (“From the Book of Time”)

Gladness gleams all the way to the grave. (“Honey Locust”)

“Thank you” should appear somewhere. (“I Have Just Said”)

Joy is not made to be a crumb. (“Don’t Hesitate”)

How necessary it is to have opinions. (“Yes! No!”)
                           -Kim Johnson, using borrowed lines from Mary Oliver’s poetry

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