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OH, Mary Oliver, the end of this lovely, gentle poem packs a punch!!

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OH, Mary Oliver, the end of this lovely, gentle poem packs a punch!!

Have you ever seen anything
in your life more wonderful
than the way the sun,
every evening,relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,and is gone–
and how it slides again
out of the blackness, every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure
that fills you,as the sun
reaches out, as it warms you
as you stand there,empty-handed–
or have you too turned from this world–
or have you too gone crazy
for power, for things?
-Mary Oliver
“The Sun”

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THANKING A MONKEY

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THANKING A MONKEY

by Kaveri Patel

There’s a monkey in my mind
swinging on a trapeze,
reaching back to the past
or leaning into the future,
never standing still.

Sometimes I want to kill
that monkey, shoot it square
between the eyes so I won’t
have to think anymore
or feel the pain of worry.

But today I thanked her
and she jumped down
straight into my lap,
trapeze still swinging
as we sat still.

Chapter 9

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Chapter 9

9

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
~From the Tao te Ching
Stephen Mitchell translation

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