In Praise of Idleness Drawing 5

October 31, 2016

Snow geese

Snow geese

Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
Are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

5 Responses to “In Praise of Idleness Drawing 5”

  1. carolyn cochran Says:

    I’m loving your relaxed approach!!

  2. Jude Middleton Says:

    I absolutely adore these vibrant, lively drawings of yours- such great energy! Jude

  3. Diana Studer Says:

    oh, yes. More please!

  4. shoreacres Says:

    Oliver’s poem really reinforces the point you were making at the beginning: the grand effort isn’t the only worthwhile effort. I loved reading it again.

  5. jan powers Says:

    I love this page – and love that poem, I am following this journey of yours with a light heart, my gratitude for taking us all along with you!
    I have shared this with my group of ladies who draw, we get together once a month to share and inspire each other in our individual pursuits of making art just for ourselves.

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