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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 –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 –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! 🙂

  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 🙂

  4. 12/12/2013

    Inspiring and delightful.


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