A Very Mary Variation

A Golden Shovel poem from Mary Oliver’s poem “Six Recognitions of the Lord” – “My God, mercy is in your hands, pour me a little”


My Vogel State Park dog-friendly cabin is cancelled

God-willing I’ll get the refund – all but $11.20 – but

mercy is needed here, Lord – my husband 

is always too entrenched in work and politics

in order to make time on breaks – 

your typical teacher letdown when your

hands are full and a trip is needed – to

pour some enjoyment into life, relax with some

me time – – some us time – – but even with 

a two month range he wouldn’t commit; it’s more than a

little disappointing…..I was counting the days…..

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