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Easter Monday – When Death Comes

"I think of each life as a flower"

“I think of each life as a flower”

Today’s Easter poem from Education for Justice is by a favorite poet of many: Mary Oliver.

When Death Comes
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
Source: New and Selected Poems Vol. 1, by Mary Oliver. Boston, MA:
Beacon Press, 2005 (revised edition)
Posted by opreach on April 1, 2013
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. 04/1/2013

    Thank you so much – just what I needed today!

    Reply
    • 04/1/2013

      I’m glad Rebecca! Happy Easter to you. 🙂

      Reply

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