top of page
DSCN1031 copy strip.JPG
Search

"Poppies", by Mary Oliver

Updated: Dec 6, 2020


The poppies send up their orange flares; swaying in the wind, their congregations are a levitation


of bright dust, of thin and lacy leaves. There isn’t a place in this world that doesn’t


sooner or later drown in the indigos of darkness, but now, for a while, the roughage


shines like a miracle as it floats above everything with its yellow hair. Of course nothing stops the cold,


black, curved blade from hooking forward— of course loss is the great lesson.


But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness,

and that happiness,


. . .


when it’s done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive. Inside the bright fields,


touched by their rough and spongy gold, I am washed and washed in the river of earthly delight—


and what are you going to do— what can you do about it— deep, blue night?


1,817 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
bottom of page