the heart of faith and the light of the world

I want to make poems that say right out, plainly,
what I mean, that don’t go looking for the
laces of elaboration, puffed sleeves. I want to
keep close and use often words like
heavy, heart, joy, soon, and to cherish
the question mark and her bold sister

the dash. I want to write with quiet hands. I
want to write while crossing the fields that are
fresh with daisies and everlasting and the
ordinary grass. I want to make poems while thinking of
the bread of heaven and the
cup of astonishment; let them be

songs in which nothing is neglected,
not a hope, not a promise. I want to make poems
that look into the earth and the heavens
and see the unseeable. I want them to honor
both the heart of faith, and the light of the world;
the gladness that says, without any words, everything.

~Mary Oliver “Everything”

Mary Oliver is my favorite poet, and I was grateful to be reminded of this poem on Barnstorming.

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  1. Posted October 26, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Thank you again, Lindsey and happy 15th anniversary of motherhood, the best job on earth!

  2. Posted October 26, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I love Mary Oliver but I’d never seen this poem. Thank you. xo