How about we share another Mary Oliver poem? After all, you can never have too many of those. In this one, the poet seems to acknowledge that it is often hard to simply live in and enjoy the moment, perhaps because we are afraid it can't last. She urges us to give in to that moment and fully experience the joy. Although "much can never be redeemed, still, life has some possibility left." Don't Hesitate by Mary Oliver If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is no
I don't get the variety of birds that you do ...guess it's because I'm in the city, but I have noticed a drop off of my regulars. It does bother me, too. "They" say the sun will come out for a little bit on Thursday afternoon. I'll believe it when I see it!ReplyDelete
Several people have told me the same thing about the absence of birds this winter and it is very disturbing to me. The longer the absence continues the more disturbing it is.Delete
And, yes, when I see the sun, I'll believe that forecast! Meantime, I'm just glad I have my own personal suns.
It's odd that the change has been so abrupt. And across so many species.ReplyDelete
Indeed it is. The absence of cardinals is particularly upsetting, because they are permanent residents here and normally there is a large population of them in my yard.Delete
I have been wondering where our birds went this winter too! Usually I fill the feeders up and they swoop in and empty them in a day. This winter the feeders can stay filled for days. There is a flock of sparrows that lives in the hedgerow opposite, but even they can go missing for days. I did happen to spot a pair of cardinals the other day and my heart rejoiced!ReplyDelete
It is just such a mystery, Jayne. I've never seen any dead birds lying around or any birds that exhibit symptoms of illness, so it seems that they are just going somewhere else. But where? What we need is a Sherlock Holmes to follow the clues.Delete