Just Life

Another Doorway.

I know my last post resonated with many of you and I so appreciate your thoughtful comments. It does feel a bit like I’m preaching to choir here; and that is both helpful and encouraging to know we share the same values, and also discouraging to know we also share many of the same neighbors!

I know we don’t all share the same faith, but we do share a love for Mary Oliver. This poem was part of my morning devotion on Wednesday and I knew I wanted to share it with y’all. I didn’t pick up on the doorway metaphor until I re-read the words this afternoon. and I knew that made it perfect for today.

Praying

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

~Mary Oliver (via Common Prayer, A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

Have a good week, y’all. Stay safe. Be well. Pay attention. Find windows. and doors. xo.

11 Comments

  • Sarah

    The more Mary Oliver I read, the more I treasure her words. She was a wise woman for sure. Thank you for helping me to start off my week with more of them.

  • Carole

    This isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks. Mary Oliver had such a way of drilling down to the stuff that really resonates. Happy Monday, Mary!

  • Karen

    Mary Oliver is my favorite poet, and that is one of my favorite poems. I just finished Austin Channing Brown’s “I’m Still Here,” and totally agree with your Goodreads review. I read my daughter’s copy and have ordered one of my own. I know I’ll reread it.

  • Kym

    I think everything Mary Oliver wrote was a prayer, actually. And she just always seems to get it Just Right. Thanks for sharing her lovely words, Mary. What a perfect way to begin the day.

  • Jane

    That is an Oliver poem I’ve never seen or don’t remember. Any who, thank you for the poem and for the reminder to keep looking for windows and doors. I’m also thinking of Leonard Cohen who wrote, “there is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in.”