Thursday, June 26, 2008
Married to Amazement
I have been sick for about a week with the worst allergies I have had in years. I heard on the news the early day that the Portland area has the highest pollen counts in the nation right now and my sinuses can attest to that. Today is the first day I have felt human in over a week.Sometimes when I have allergies really bad I feel like one of those creatures with the big heads from Star Trek.
I recently came across this poem and thought I would share it with you.
When Death Comes
When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me,
and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes like the measles-pox;
when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy,
and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouthtending as all music does,
toward silence, and each body a lion of courage,
and something precious to the earth.
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 From New and Selected Poems
I have always harbored a secret desire to be a writer and recently I found this writing blog Write on Wednesday from a blogger that I remember from when I first starting reading blogs and she is doing this blog as a forum of sorts for other hopeful writers. The topic this week is "What's your line?"
I guess mine would be that I want to live a life that isn't filled with regrets or what if's that at least I took risks and tried and I want to express my amazement at the miracle that is life on earth . I want to let people know that the simple things in life are the most precious and those for the most part are things money doesn't buy in stores.
I would like to know what makes each of you stand in amazement?I hope you will share it with me.