The Greatest Mysteries
Poet, Mary Oliver encourages us to look for the quiet wonders of nature. Step outside today. Take five minutes to look and listen. What sounds do you hear, what do you see? This simple exercise can be calming and grounding. Afterward, read today's poem, and take a few moments in silence.
by Mary Oliver
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will
never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
"Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
"Mysteries, Yes" by Mary Oliver, from Evidence: Poems. © Beacon Press, 2010.
- Picture taken in Brattleboro, Vermont