Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Wild Geese

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 with 2 comments
Joan has posted a beautiful poem, which I understand to be her favourite:
Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver
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.




Movies/DVDs I am watching
This week I am enjoying the BBC's four part mini-series Gormenghast, based on Mervyn Peake's classic novel Titus Groan. It's wonderful escapist fantasy.


At last night's MSSC meeting (the main items of business at these meetings are food, and drink) we spotted Mick and Kelley also at Wests. Good to see the party culture lives on ..... Here is a recent photo of them at Mt Buffalo:

Fly Goose Fly!

2 comments:

  1. Wow that is some stanza!

    "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."

    I was moved.

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  2. That is a great picture!!You know I celebrate in the happiness of these two wonderful people..never a nicer two have I met..and not to mention two amazing runners!!Charlie

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