Sunday, May 1, 2011

First Ever Poem In Your Post Blog Hop!

It's our inaugural Sunday Poem-in-Your-Post Hop.  Expect it to become a fixture of your morning (or afternoon) routine: a cuppa Joe, a little nosh, and this, a rejuvenation for the soul via gifted poets from around the world and across the ages. 

How?
It's easy: Post a poem - your own or someone else's - link below, and we'll all enjoy a leisurely Sunday stroll.  Offer gratitude and responses along the way, as you're able. Nothing more to it than a quick post to share a poem of beauty, humor, interest, or spirit.

As always, link below.



If you don't have a blog to post on, no problem: put your poem in the comments here.

Stop back any time; we'll be here every week.  And do share your favorites - or just-founds - with us.  We're longing to find them, with your help. 

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The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

-          Mary Oliver

My hope is that one thing you'll do with Y.O.W.&P.L. is to join our (free!) community of readers supporting each other as we change the world, one book at a time at ActionReaders.com.

MFB,

3 comments:

Sidne,the BCR said...

i shall enjoy this meme. poetry i do LOVE!!

Dana KBS said...

I'm going to post an Adrienne Rich favorite...and sure I'll learn many more favorites by hopping around!

Birdie said...

I'm not familiar with this poem. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. The beginning of it reminds me of William Blake but then it turns more specific whereas Blake tends to get even more general.
Thanks!

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