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So many coats – Mary Oliver

 

With growth into adulthood, responsibilities claimed me, so many heavy coats. I didn’t choose them, I don’t fault them, but it took time to reject them.

— Mary Oliver, Upstream

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Praying – a poem by Mary Oliver

 

Praying

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

— Mary Oliver, Thirst

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Mary Oliver on ‘Attention’

 

Something is wrong, I know it, if I don’t keep my attention on eternity.

Attention is the beginning of devotion.

— Mary Oliver, Upstream