Tuesday, January 03, 2006

a poem for the new year


if i'd repeat the last 4 stanzas daily, i swear i'd be more present and awake in 2006 than ever before...or even just one word: Look!

Hummingbird Pauses at the Trumpet Vine
by Mary Oliver

Who doesn't love
roses, and who
doesn't love the lilies
of the black ponds

floating like flocks
of tiny swans
and of course the flaming
trumpet vine

where the hummingbird comes
like a small green angel, to soak
his dark tongue
in happiness - - -

and who doesn't want
to live with the brisk
motor of his heart

like a Schubert
and his eyes
working and working like those days of rapture
by van Gogh, in Arles?

Look! for most of the world
is waiting
or remembering - - -
most of the world is time

when we're not here,
not born yet, or died - - -
a slow fire
under the earth with all

our dumb wild blind cousins
who also
can't even remember anymore
their own happiness - - -

Look! and then we will be
like the pale cool
stones, that last almost

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