July 11th, 2009

poetry

Poet's Corner: I don't want to live a small life

I don't want to live a small life

I don't want to live a small life. Open your eyes,
open your hands. I have just come
from the berry fields, the sun

kissing me with its golden mouth all the way
(open your hands) and the wind-winged clouds
following along thinking perhaps I might

feed them, but I carry these heart-shapes
only to you. Look how many how small
but so sweet and maybe the last gift

I will ever bring anyone in this
world of hope and risk, so do.
Look at me. Open your life, open your hands.

Mary Oliver (born 1935)

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