Tuesday, 21 of November of 2017

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Mary Oliver – Wild Geese


wildgeeseYou 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.

Joel Hammer – Migrations

Honking and flapping high
fright_flight_of_the_snow_geese_by_through the crisp fall morn
the geese re-enact
their ancient journey south–
then back north in spring.
The flock knows
just where to go
for just what it needs.

Their primordial pattern
resonates through the centuries
along wind-carrying currents–
Gaia’s rhythm.
Far below cars jam and curse
from streets to avenues
in toxic unclarity,
a cacophony of misery.
Sweating and swearing,
veiled in smokey tanks,
the throng anxiously waits
for the blink of the light,
to stop–then go–then stop

Joel Hammer
December 22 1987 Earth First!

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