I was sad all day, and why not.
There I was, books piled on both sides of the table,
paper stacked up, words falling off my tongue.
The robins had been a long time singing, and now it was beginning to rain.
What are we sure of?
Happiness isn’t a town on a map, or an early arrival,
or a job well done, but good work ongoing.
Which is not likely to be the trifling around with a poem.
Then it began raining hard,
and the flowers in the yard were full of lively fragrance.
You have had days like this, no doubt.
And wasn’t it wonderful, finally, to leave the room?
Ah, what a moment!
As for myself, I swung the door open.
And there was the wordless, singing world.
And I ran for my life.
—Mary Oliver, Work, Sometimes
17/8/2021 12:06:58 pm
So beautifully said Glenys. A reminder that Spring will come, plants will emerge and the birds are singing. Your pages are beautiful.
17/8/2021 01:33:10 pm
We all have down days when things don’t go how we want them to and sometimes like today I haven’t even started to give them a chance to go anywhere. There is always tomorrow.🤪🤞🤪
17/8/2021 03:52:35 pm
Lovely images and Mary Oliver - perfect combination - thank you Glenys
18/8/2021 07:58:12 am
Dearest Glenys... thank you for Mary’s words and your images ...connecting beauty, hope and comfort to uplift our spirits... big smiles xxx
18/8/2021 03:34:32 pm
Beautiful, thank you, Glenys. Your images are lovely, and that’s a beautiful poem that I’d never previously come across from one of my favourite poets.
18/8/2021 10:26:57 pm
Just yesterday I visited my dear friend in Medina NY. I saw a book on her desk, Devotions by Mary Oliver. I had never heard of this poet so we read some poems together...now here she is again in your blog. This must be a sign that I need to read more of Oliver's works. Thanks!
22/8/2021 07:12:57 pm
So beautiful Glenys.
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Notes that catch my thoughts, dribbles, splashes, spills, drips, words, and other detritus, as I work my way thru journals and blogs that have kept me occupied during an unusual time in all of our lives...