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Where have I been? Listening to the trees…

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When I Am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness,
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

~ Mary Oliver ~


Written by realmom

June 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

Posted in life lessons

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  1. i love this! i just wrote a post called ‘going easy’ and this resonates! thanks for sharing it. mary oliver always sets my soul at ease. : )


    July 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm

  2. PS. what is the Write of Passage button I see over there? Is there a home page where I can read about it? someone was just asking me about a writing workshop they could take…would this be something like that?


    July 31, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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