bolinas_december_2011_042Today’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by Mary Oliver.


My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird –
     equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
     keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
     And these body-clothes,
A mouth with which to give shouts of joy
     To the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
Telling them all, over and over, how it is
     that we live forever.

Source: “Messenger” from Thirst, by Mary Oliver. Boston: Beacon Press,

2 Comments on “Messenger

  1. A favorite poem and the photo is awesome! I just love how you colored the wall to match the hummers!

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