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Mary Oliver’s Wisdom

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Just take a seat, I’ll be with you in a minute.

Making the House Ready for the Lord
By Mary Oliver
Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but
still nothing is as shining as it should be
for you. Under the sink, for example, is an
uproar of mice โ€“it is the season of their
many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves
and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances โ€“but it is the season
when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And
the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard
while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;
what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow falling
in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly
up the path, to the door. And I still believe you will
come, Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox,
the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know
that really I am speaking to you whenever I say,
as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in, Come
Source:Thirst, by Mary Oliver. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006. p. 13 – Found on the Education for Justice website.
Posted by opreach on December 11, 2013
8 Comments Post a comment
  1. 12/11/2013

    What a beautiful poem! And what cleaning should be all about, making room for “creatures great and small”!

    • 12/11/2013

      Indeed, Solveig. And doesn’t Mary Oliver have a wonderful way of expressing it. Of course, she is so wonderful at expressing many things!! Blessings on you day, Pat

  2. 12/12/2013

    I love the picture as well as the words. It us such clever framing.

    • 12/12/2013

      Thank you, Rita. And I was grateful to the squirrel for providing the pose! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 12/12/2013

    Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets; thank you for sharing this…

    • 12/12/2013

      Thank you, Christine. She’s one of my favorites too! Pat ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 12/12/2013

    Inspiring and delightful.


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