Whoever you are

“You do not have to be good.
“You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
~ Mary Oliver

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About Dr Bill Wooten

Organizational Psychologist,Guitarist, Banjo Picker, Bicyclist, Reader and Books, Books, Books
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5 Responses to Whoever you are

  1. Just beautiful! Thanks 🙂

  2. fictionfitz says:

    Reblogged this on Writing Out Loud and commented:
    Thank you Dr. Bill

  3. Pam says:

    the simplicity of Mary Oliver’s vision takes my breath away

  4. creekrose says:

    beautiful words and sight . .

  5. B* says:

    One of my ever-fave poems by a beautiful mind♥
    Thank you for sharing your light and do take care, too. 🙂

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