Friday, July 10, 2009



Here is the evidence...

of the arrival
of my much anticipated
order of Mary Oliver books


One of the very best things
to arise out of my reincarnation
as a blogger
is the introduction
to Mary Oliver's poetry


I have indulged myself
guzzling down her poems
like fresh red summer strawberries,
making my way
through two volumes


This poem
of those I have read so far,
rapped at the door
of my heart...



Every day
I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It is what I was born for -
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these-
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean's shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

When I read this poem
I felt that the poet
had wandered through my soul
and plucked the ripe emotions,
wrapped them in words
tied them in sentences-
like stalks of grains in a sheaf

she had given the inexpressible
shape and form and colour,
gathered them together
and placed them
in a treasure box
which can be opened
and reopened
at will..
She had given a voice
to joy...

Oh Holy Days



  1. I can see how you relate Delwyn...
    The simple pleasure of seeing and hearing "Life"...the joy of taking of it all in...and having it leave "Light" footprints on our souls!

    Take care

  2. hi delwyn, what a poem, what a stunning, beautiful, clear-as-a-bell piece of writing that really does gather together so much that matters and lays it out like the simplest of banquets. wow! i didn't know about mary oliver until i saw her work appearing over on loren's blog (, willow's and yours. i am so grateful. enjoy all that reading and bring back some more of her words!!! have a peaceful day. steven

  3. Hi Wanda

    and this is what we do as we wander along on our soul filled walks, stopping and gazing, listening and wondering and feeling joy...

    Happy days

  4. Hi Steven

    I'm glad you agree - isn't this piece just so clear and simple yet so full of wisdom and promise...

    Happy days

  5. Hello, dear Delwyn,

    I've heard of Mary Oliver before, but today yours is the second blog I've clicked on, and both blogs have a post about Mary Oliver. This is wonderful! I never really paid attention before, and now I find that I LOVE her work. It makes my heart sing.
    Today I had no trouble getting to your blog. For a few days this week, as I mentioned yesterday, there was something trying to pop up with your blog every time I tried to visit you. Our spam-blocker blocked it, but notified us of it. We just recently started using Firefox, and no longer use Internet Explorer. Whatever the cause was, it seems to be resolved now.

    Happy weekend!

  6. I too see why you are moved by the poem.
    Such calm and insightful words!

    The world is full of magical things that are so simple and everyday...but they are still miracles...thank you for the reminder and thank you for the introduction to yet another wonderful poet!

  7. I love Mary Oliver, too. She's the undisputed queen of nature poetry, IMO. You write as beautifully as she does, Delwyn! Blessings!

  8. What a treasure. A little gift for me today.

  9. I agree that your poetic/aesthetic sensibilities resemble those of Mary Oliver; you share much in common with her. How wonderful you met! I'm glad to have met you both!

  10. Oh dear friend who I have only met in the internet ether: our sensibilities track so well. Today I should receive a delivery of Mary Oliver's Collected Poems (both volumes) and Evidence. I already have Thirst. I too only found her through the blog world and she speaks to my soul. My heart is quivering, awaiting the delight associated with the arrival of the delivery truck and shredding the cartons to find the treasures within.

  11. "Prayers made out of grass," permeable, transient, at a certain place in time. This poem is so you, Delwyn. You're solid. You understand "joy" in the "daily presentations." And you made it your own with your accepting poem; "you can also make luminous any dark place on earth."

  12. How delightful.
    I'd never heard of Mary Oliver before. Is she from your part of the world?

  13. Hello there Angela

    There is a poetry osmosis effect happening on blog...and we are all falling in love with M.O. Which is great...

    Barb gave me this link

    which talks about the area of Cape Cod where Mary lives (she is 73) and the ponds and walks where she writes her poems and prose...It is an interesting piece of setting ...

    If the access problem occurs again it might pay to look at your settings. It could be that your virus protector blocks ducks!!!

    Happy days

  14. Hello little friend in Japan - Tulsa

    We need these reminders to slow down and appreciate don't you think...

    Happy days

  15. Good Sat morning to you Marion

    I think I will agree - so far I haven't found anyone that usurps her throne...

    Thanks for the compliment - if only...

    Happy days

  16. Hello grace
    how are you today?

    Each of Mary's poems is a treasure...

    Happy days

  17. Hello Dan

    That is very kind of you to say...

    I agree that I am just about as besotted by nature and in awe of it's magic as she is...

    I seem to remember you introducing me to one of Mary's poems early I right... since then there appears to have been this 100th potato effect rippling through the blogosphere.


    Happy days

  18. Hi Mary

    what synchronicity...

    Amazon wrote to tell me they cannot get the other volume I ordered...bloggers must have bought up all the stocks...I think I have Vol II (can't be bothered hobbling out to the nest to check) There is a little duplication of poems - it was hard to know what the order of publication was, but appears that Evidence is one of the later issues.

    Well I hope you have as much joy and resonance as I have had in reading her poems ...I talk out loud to myself when the words rap at my heart...and take great in breaths of knowing and communion...

    Happy days

  19. Hi Margaret

    You are so kind and generous with your compliments...

    It is such a wonderful, warm feeling to know that you are on the same page as other people, and with writers, poets... It validates your thoughts and feelings and gives you comfort that the way you see the world, in it's simple yet infinitely complex beauty and majesty is also the way that others experience life.

    Poets thrill me with their ability to put these floating feelings into concrete, that can at every visit offer the same feeling of connection and joy.

    Happy days

  20. Hello there Friko

    I'm glad I have now introduced MO to someone new...

    She lives on the US East coast in the Cape Code area - if you look at my response to Angela there is a link to a background article telling about her hometown area.

    Happy days

  21. I'm a new visitor and thought this was a beautiful poem. I usually don't understand poems, but this one spoke to me.

  22. Welcome Gutsy writer

    Thank you for dropping in and it is very nice to meet you... O will call by your place later...

    I think that many of us find Mary Olivers poems connect with us because she is nether abstruse, pretentious nor flowery in her writing. She is succinct and sparse in her language but in that she captures an essence - a real blessing ...

    Happy days

  23. Delwyn, now I understand even more the connection you & I have over these many miles. I too read Mary Oliver & have American Primitive and Why I Wake Early on my desktop. Isn't she wonderful. Simplicity at its best! Thank you for sharing this poem. Greetings from Texas.

  24. Hello Delwyn,
    I wonder if "Mindful" is from Oliver's new book, EVIDENCE, which I haven't read? Of course, now I must have it!

  25. Best poem on mindfulness I have read for a long time - beautiful poem.

  26. Best poem on mindfulness I have read for a long time - beautiful poem.

  27. No need to become repetitive dear old friend...

    I am collecting a swathe of poems from bloggers and now from the M.O. volumes...such treats

    Happy days


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