Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

27 December 2007

"This World" by Mary Oliver

One of the few gifts I received for Christmas (for my family doesn't do gifts anymore) is Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver. I am reading it as slowly as I can, but I am still already over halfway through. Anyway, I thought I would share one of the poems. This one is called "This World" and it's on p. 27:
I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it
nothing fancy.
But it seems impossible.
Whatever the subject, the morning sun
glimmers it.
The tulip feels the heat and flaps its petals open
and becomes a star.
The ants bore into the peony bud and there is the dark pinprick well of sweetness.
As for the stones on the beach, forget it.
Each one could be set in gold.
So I tried with my eyes shut, but of course the birds were singing.
And the aspen trees were shaking the sweetest music out of their leaves.
And that was followed by, guess what, a momentous and beautiul silence
as comes to all of us, in little earfuls, if we're not too hurried to hear it.
As for spiders, how the dew hangs in their webs even if they say nothing, or seem to say nothing.
So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe they sing.
So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe the stars sing too, and the ants, and the peonies, and the warm stones,
so happy to be where they are, on the beach, instead of being locked up in gold.