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Poetess Re The Ponds

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poetesses. Her words speak to me.

Here is one of her poems that I enjoy reading again and again. It is from one of her beautiful books of poetry entitled House of Light:

The Ponds

Every year
the lilies
are so perfect
I can hardly believe

their lapped light crowding
the black,
mid-summer ponds.
Nobody could count all of them —

the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch

only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
is perfect?

I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided —
and that one wears an orange blight —
and this one is a glossy cheek

half nibbled away —
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
unstoppable decay.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled —
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing —
that the light is everything — that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.

House of Light
is filled with nature’s essences that fill the reader’s senses. From minute life forces and other forms of life, she depicts nature with vivid word imagery, and shows dignity and loveliness to everything she writes about. Her works are thought-provoking as well as sensitive and thoughtful. Mary Oliver writes from the soul, and the reader can not help but notice that within her brilliant and masterful poems. They illuminate the pages and inspire the reader.

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