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  • Writer's pictureSusannah Castro

A favorite poem by Mary Oliver.


Why I love this poem - it's a reminder to me:

Always remember that you deserve to be happy and live free of fear and guilt. The past has already happened-



Wild Geese

by Mary Oliver




You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.


You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.


Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.


Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.


Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --over and over announcing your place in the family of things.




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