knee deep in weeds

notes on a simple life

Mary Oliver

“Because of the dog's joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?”
― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

i feel the news of her death deep within my body; grief stuck,
i morn. there is rarely a day that goes by
that i don’t read her words, for in beautiful,
simple language she has taught me to pay attention.
she has cultivated within me
a magnitude of love for the natural world
( and the dogs that live within it).
she has helped me understand that deep
spirituality for me, is best found on a walk,
or by the sea shore, and if we ask questions,
and are genuinely curious, we will find answers.

“When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.”
― Mary Oliver
{rest in peace}

have a lovely weekend,