Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Be Alive Until You Are Not

The singular and cheerful life
of any flower
in anyone’s garden
or any still unowned field–

if there are any –
catches me
by the heart,
by its color,

by its obedience
to the holiest of laws:
be alive
until you are not.

-from “The Singular and Cheerful Life,” by Mary Oliver

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