Monday, November 8, 2010

The Morning Reading: "Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness"

In yesterday's Sunday New York Times, six poets on "falling back," poems to mark the end of daylight savings times.

Here's one by Mary Oliver:

Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness

Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
world descends
into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
And therefore
who would cry out

to the petals on the ground
to stay,
knowing, as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be?
I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world
be true?
So let us go on

though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.


To read them all, click here.


Jaimee Drew said...

This is just so apt today. Thanks for sharing it.

Rebel Girl said...

Glad you liked it Jaimee - hope you and your little ones are doing well.

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