When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
— from “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver New and Selected Poems, Volume 1
Sarah M says
I just *love* Mary Oliver’s poetry. Did you hear her on On Being (NPR) this week? She had a great interview.
NO! Must find at once!
Some of Mary Oliver’s poetry grabs me so hard, it’s impossible to breathe.
Just love her. Haven’t read too broadly yet, but I plan to!
Kimberley Griffiths Little says
Wow, this is gorgeous. I’m not familiar with this writer’s work. Thank you for sharing it.
You would love her poetry, Kim.