A Very Mary Variation

A Pantoum poem of expanding lines using the first four lines of Mary Oliver’s “It Was Early”


it was early

which has always been my hour

to begin looking

at the world

early has always been my hour

reading, writing, listening, thinking

about the world, awakening

to a new day filled with possibilities

books, pens, ears, mind

changing lenses and filters on the world

new possibilities in the darkroom

watching as images emerge

changing lenses, filters, angles on the world 

seeking with open eyes, open arms, open ears, open mind

through eyes not merely mine

it was early – the hour of awakening 

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