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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.

"Mysteries, Yes"

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

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