POETRY FORMAT, 18 Nov 2013

Mary Oliver – TRANSCEND Media Service

I had a dog

  who loved flowers.

    Briskly she went

        through the fields,

yet paused

  for the honeysuckle

    or the rose,

        her dark head

and her wet nose


    the face

         of every one

with its petals

  of silk,

    with its fragrance


into the air

  where the bees,

    their bodies

        heavy with pollen,


  and easily

     she adored

        every blossom,

not in the serious,

  careful way

    that we choose

        this blossom or that blossom—

the way we praise or don’t praise—

  the way we love

     or don’t love—

        but the way

we long to be—

  that happy

    in the heaven of earth—

        that wild, that loving.


Mary Oliver is not only one of the sagest and most beloved poets of our time, a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, but is also among literary history’s greatest pet-lovers. Dog Songs (public library) collects her most soul-stirring poems and short prose celebrating that special human-canine relationship and what it reveals about the meaning of our own lives (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings).


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