A Very Mary Variation –
A triple (yes, 3- stranded) Golden Shovel poem using these lines vertically positioned beginning/middle/end from Mary Oliver’s poetry:
12-word lines from Invitation: “oh do you have time to linger for just a little while” and “just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world” and from Sometimes:
“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
Oh, please just shred all the instructions!
Do we really need to have directions for
you and me to be playful at living?
Have we not been strategically alive? Has there been a
time we’ve needed the playbook on how to spin a life?
To advance to joy, this move has no banker to pay.
Linger over steaming fresh coffee, find attention
for gratefulness each morning, and be
just and fair in turn. Stay astonished –
a game changer in this round is to tell
little-known secrets to heal the broken,
to move freely about
while chuckling at this checkerboard world with
both of us in it!