Saturday, June 4, 2011


"And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away
from wherever you are, to look for your soul? "

"Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
While the soul, after all, is only a window,

and the opening of the window no more difficult
than the wakening from a little sleep. "

These lines are excerpted from Mary Oliver's poem "Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?"  The photo is from a recent field trip with my eight year old son's class.



Pom Pom said...

I just knew it was Mary Oliver! Smiles.
I think I shall order a book of her poetry or find one at the library. This is the summer of poems.

Aisling said...

Pom Pom, I have her book called "American Primitive" and have read so many other poems of hers online. Sometimes, I just put a phrase or a thought I have been thinking into a search engine with the name Mary Oliver, and lo and behold, she has shared my thoughts and set them into beautiful poetry!:)

linda said...

hi there...apologies i have not been major problems but wanted to come by and say hello and then i see mary oliver, one of my most favorite lovely....and the swans...swoon. ;)


Nan said...

She has the gift of putting our feelings into words. Sometimes she says things I didn't even know I felt. I so love her work. Have you seen this?

Oh, so wonderful.

Aisling said...

Linda, I have been AWOL myself! Thank you for the rare visit. I will return it soon!

Nan, I had not seen it, but have just listened... eyes closed, heart open. So, so beautiful. Thank you for sending me in that direction!

LauraX said...

Exquisite share...she is woman of creative depth and spiritual beauty like no other.

debbie bailey said...

Great poem! I came to your blog from Pom Pom's and enjoyed the visit.

Aisling said...

Thank you, Debbie! Nice to meet you. :)

Rapunzel said...

So beautiful. Visiting your blog is always a breath of fresh air, my dear. xoxoox

Jessica Monte said...

Gorgeous! And what an emotional photo too. It's few and far between that a landscape photograph can carry such emotion. Great job capturing it Aisling. Love Mary Oliver too.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Aisling dear,

I NEED to change your address in my side-bar so that I remember to check on you. I start each day with a poem from mostly Mary Oliver.

Hope you are doing well dear Aisling. We are in Wichita right now and will arrive in Maine late, late tomorrow night. I am like a child and breathless with anticipation.

Love across the miles,


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

checking to see if comment goes through:)

the wild magnolia said...

Mary Oliver is a favorite of mine, did you know she actually has a FB page? I was amazed.

Thank you for sharing the photo and the poetry.


Pom Pom said...

Hi Aisling!
It was lovely to hear from you today!
I hope you are doing well!
Miss you!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

You know that I love this poem...but then, what Mary Oliver poem DON'T I love??? Good choice dear.

Oops, somehow we didn't get ti together to do the book for the teacher. I totally got swamped and you and I never touched bases again.

Love to you and holiday joys,


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Thinking of you
Wishing all good
things for you