Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem, by Mary Oliver

I fell in love with this poem as I read it and didn’t realize it was written by Mary Oliver until the end, at which point, of course.

Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem

If you’re John Muir you want trees to

live among. If you’re Emily, a garden

will do.

Try to find the right place for yourself.

If you can’t find it, at least dream of it.

When one is alone and lonely, the body

gladly lingers in the wind or the rain,

or splashes into the cold river, or

pushes through the ice-crusted snow.

Anything that touches.

God, or the gods, are invisible, quite

understandable. But holiness is visible,

entirely.

Some words will never leave God’s mouth,

no matter how hard you listen.

In all the works of Beethoven, you will

not find a single lie.

All important ideas must include the trees,

the mountains, and the rivers.

To understand many things you must reach out

of your own condition.

For how many years did I wander slowly

through the forest. What wonder and

glory I would have missed had I ever been

in a hurry!

Beauty can both shout and whisper, and still

it explains nothing.

The point is, you’re you, and that’s for keeps.

– Mary Oliver

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2 thoughts on “Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem, by Mary Oliver

  1. All important ideas include the trees, the mountains, and the rivers. And for me . . . a window: some place to sit and be quiet and notice things. There is no escaping the fact that . . . you are you, what thrills me is for a moment to reach out of my own condition and touch something else, see something else, be something else. Your entries bring me that experience, the one of bees and blossoms and other things I would miss but for your introduction. Such a blessing!

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