Sunday, December 31, 2006


It's my favorite poem. I've posted it before. I just can't think of anything more fitting as a new year begins.

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You 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.

Let 2007 be the year you fully become yourself.
Let 2007 be the year some steps are taken for peace.
Let 2007 be the year you laugh outloud, over and over again.


  1. I saw wild geese today ... and seagulls, cormorants, crows, herons and hawks.

    Happy New Year, KJ, and all the best in 2007.

  2. oh, it's my favorite poem too!!!! i have it posted on my "cubicle" at remind me that i do not have to be good...all the time, anyway. happy new year, kj! xoxo!

  3. I love the sound of wild geese migrating. Happy New Year K.J.!

  4. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my place.I tried to reply, but Blogger was "hungry" again.

    If all the world got all the wishes that blog people send each other...politicians might be out of work.
    Good luck and happiness in 2007

  5. Thanks for visting my blog. You are ever welcome!

    I like the song.

    Happy New year to you.

  6. Let 2007 be YOUR year, KJ. I'm glad to be entering it with you as a friend x

  7. I love Mary Oliver's poetry, and this is truly moving, along with your New Year's wishes. I know, at least for myself, that this will be an important year full of positive change and growth. Some things we feel before they are, because they are already becoming. I wish the same for you... Happy New Year, KJ!

  8. andrea, happy new year to you. there is nothing like nature to set you straight. i envy all that you saw.

    ruby, i know it's your favorite too. yes, how important to be reassured we don't have to get it right all the time.

    ces, happy new year to you. i love the sound of wild geese too, and i always feel like i'm being blessed when they fly overhead.

    dinahmow, thank you for visiting. what a great thought you have articulated. i am amazed how certain bloggers find oneanother, and i will be very happy to get to know you in the new year.

    gautami tripathy, thank you your good wishes. i look forward to your blog in the new year as i am very interested in sidda yoga, eastern thought and meditation. etc. i like your comments on some of our common blogs.

    cherrypie, thank you, i feel the same way. i'm not sure what the year has in store for me. i believe i am entering a huge transistion and will be guided without alot of direct steering on my part--a little scary. i value our friendship too, cp, maybe we can help eachother out of the doldrums here and there

    carla, "some things we feel before they are because they are already becoming". wow, carla, this is exactly how i feel, and what seems to be happening to me! i just love your wisdom, carla. you are a special person and i am honored to know you. i wish us both positive change in the new year.

  9. Yes,Yes, and Yes! Beautiful Post to all good things to come!

  10. Happy New Year to you, too, kj, and thanks for your comment on my blog. I will take up the challenge of your last words...

  11. Cheers to new years.

    How are the grandbabies? I think we both had our first grandchildren in 2007. Josephine will be 2 on June 1st.

    Love Renee xoxo