Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Messenger

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird —
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? 
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.


Messenger by Mary Oliver

I created a little messenger to carry your heart, it is available here for a short time....

Oh, happy day all, xoxo Ro


  1. Oh...you created the perfect talisman for this poem...both hold such beauty...and so do you.

  2. I let out a gasp so loud when I saw this beautiful bird, that it started all the dogs running in barking! I told them not to worry, I'm OK. They didn't have the same reaction when I showed it to them....I guess they don't appreciate a beautiful brooch when they see one. (It may be a little painful pinning one on a dog too!)

    I love this sweet messenger!
    I am also glad to have a new favorite poem.


  3. Lovely, well written poem. I will embrace that one today!
    and oh, so sweet tweet of a talisman! LOVE LOVE it!

  4. Thank you so much sweet ladies, I'm bowled over and a happy little heron to find out so many of you, lust like me enjoy wearing a brooch, I love that!

    Cinda, my dogs do that too when I get excited, they usually run to front door and fake me out, barking with glee only yo find out it was just my energy the set them off :)

    Thank you for enjoying this poem with me!


  5. Oh Rochelle,,,,
    That birdie speaks to me a message so sweet! :)
    I also love and lust for one of those.

  6. Absolutely beautiful! Love this piece :)

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