Monday, May 30, 2011

To Lori....

...On a most special occasion...

Wild Geese

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.

--Mary Oliver


To shop and laugh and talk deep thoughts

To ponder mights and coulds and oughts

To eat and meet and walk and sit

Who couldn't love this lovely fit?

Who wouldn't smile start to end

To have this Very Special Friend?

--ms. kj


  1. I love Wild Geese, it is always a thrill to read, and your poem is so awfully nice kj i love it too. it should be made into a card and shared over and over, to all the wonderful friends we have all made here in blogland!

    Is this super nice post for a birthday i'm wondering??
    thank you!

  2. Kj, How sweet. Happy Birthday dear, lovely Lori! xoxo

  3. What a wonderful piece of writing for Lori.
    Wowie you are gonna be a gran-die again too -that is fantabulous, bot or girl?
    I love your enthusiasm at me being back in bloggyland again- makes me feel so wanted! Thanks sweet pea and enjoy your special time in Ptown.

  4. boy or girl, not bot or girt!! Ha ha.I think I should go lie down in a dark room!

  5. ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪
    happy birthday to you,
    happy birthday to you,
    happy birthday dear lori,
    happy birthday to you

  6. What a lovely post! Love unconditionary!

  7. what a sweet post for a very sweet person - happy birthday dear lori!!

    you are a good friend, kj♡

  8. ah lori, yes, this is true and could be shared with so many wonderful friends, but today it is especially to you from me. !

    annie, xoxo

    marianne, xoxo

    joss, xoxo (boy # 3) :^)

    julie ann, the best kind of love!

    amanda, xoxo

  9. thank you so much kj & everyone! my birthday is actually tomorrow the 31st, so i have one more day of youngerness!! (is that a word?)

  10. Hi kj~ Lovely speal post for Lori! Happy birthday! We should all have these two poems permanently next to our desks! I think we're more vulnerable when our self confidence is low. And a starting point to bring back up: self-care? Passionate interests that take us out of ourselves?
    Glad to hear you've been writing! Is that a fuchsia hanging basket?
    I feel bad about Stella. We just went through that with our German shepherd Daisy. We swear we'll get hip transplants (if needed) at perhaps age 5 next time.
    Keep on being you and enjoying this vacation of sorts! Love

  11. Sweet words music to my eyes!

  12. Love never fails? Hmmm .. . sweet tho.

  13. Happy Birthday to Lori! And I love your poem, kj. Happy week to you- xox Pam

  14. Continue on kj, just continue on.

  15. Needed that today. Thank you.

  16. and Happy Birthday, Lori!!