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Inspiration from a poet

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

This quote from Mary Oliver has been something I’ve thought about since I first discovered it in college. After Mary Oliver’s death was announced yesterday, I saw it on my social media newsfeeds. I have a few poetry collections and went back to reread some favorites. I also came across this quote which defines my day-to-day life.

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

The Weight of Winter

Bearing the weight of winter

waiting for the sun

to warm my branches

to help me shed this

this winter coat.

This week, as I prepared a lesson on personification, I imagined how the trees must feel after a big snowfall.

Pausing for the view

In November and December

as the days grew shorter,

I lamented.

So dreary …. so hard to motivate

and then Solstice:

a milestone to celebrate!

But now, as days turned to weeks

and indeed days are lengthening

and the turning of the calendar page

I’m taking time each morning

to pause and appreciate

not just the sunrise

but the lingering views of the moon