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)