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What Shall You Find?

Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.

– Ann Patchett

The Miracle of Love

The enchantment of the hummingbird

The enchantment of the hummingbird

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

– C.S. Lewis

Messenger

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

Messenger

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
     astonished.
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,
2006.