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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Fall at Klineline Pond


At the Pond

One summer
I went every morning
to the edge of a pond where
a huddle of just-hatched geese

would paddle to me
and clamber
up the marshy slope
and over my body,

peeping and staring-
such sweetness every day
which the grown ones watched,
for whatever reason,

serenely.
Not there, however, but here
is where the story begins.
Nature has many mysteries,

some of them severe.
Five of the young geese grew
heavy of chest and
bold of wing

while the sixth waited and waited
in its gauze-feathers, its body
that would not grow.
And then it was fall.
And this is what I think
everything is all about:
the way
I was glad

for those five and two
that flew away,
and the way I hold in my heart the wingless one
that had to stay.
- Mary Oliver

I love the poetry of Mary Oliver and have spent many a cold night snuggled under a down comforter with a warm cup of tea and one of her many books, savoring words that touch both heart and soul. The poem above is one of my many favorites of hers. A few years ago, a group of friends and I spent the 90 days of winter writing a poem or paragraph of prose daily. Sometimes my fingers flew across the paper as my mind gave forth freely to writing about what I love most, nature and life intwined. Sometimes the best I could do was a few words as my mind froze with the need to write each day subverted by a stronger urge to procrastinate. But the challenge gave me no room to put off a daily time for creativity which all of us need to grow as artists. So I have decided to challenge myself again, come this winter solstice, but this time include a bit of photography to illustrate my writing. We're forecast to have a cold and icy winter...perfect weather for introspection and prose. Come join me if you dare...

2 comments:

Cindi V. Walton said...

You are tough!!! I feel compelled to dare! You're on: I promise to write everyday from Winter Solstice to Spring Solstice. I will write.

Toni said...

Oh Jan this sounds so tempting. hmmm will have to think about this.