“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)
Song playing now :http://youtu.be/rdtM2YGaJ4k
(Mary Oliver’s new book of poetry ‘Blue Horses’ arrived from Flipkart this morning 🙂 Looking forward to reading it 🙂 I wonder though what I would tell her if she questioned me today “Tell me,what is it you plan to do,with your one wild and precious life ?” Somehow Marianne Faithful speaks more clearly to me. A very wise woman. I have never been much of a Stones fan.Their songs which get to me have been Marianne’s ).