Upon learning the sad news of Mary Oliver’s death last Friday, I pulled out her Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver. * The poems in this 2017 publication, include work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963, through Felicity, published in 2015. Mary arranged the poems in Devotions. The first poem I turned to – on page 14 – was this:
“Be still my soul, and steadfast. Earth and heaven both are still watching though time is draining from the clock and your walk, that was confident and quick, has become slow.
So, be slow if you must, but let the heart still play its true part. Love still as once you loved, deeply and without patience. Let God and the world know you are grateful. That the gift has been given.”
Over the past few days I’ve read many tributes to Mary Oliver’s words of peace, quiet, gratitude, encouragement. I am saddened but heartened that we have the gift of her words to console, guide and inspire us. Thank you Mary.
My reading queue continues to grow – tho’ I must admit that over the past week, I’ve added more titles than words actually read. Currently new “to read” includes Tara Westover’s Educated (via Audible) and Wabi Sabi by Beth Klimpton (print ). The back cover says wabi sabi teaches us to find more meaning and inspiration in our perfectly imperfect lives.
Knitting on the stocking, tho’ slow, continues; each stitch brings me closer to a fini! Also, over the past several days, I’ve been true to finding myself in my sewing room circa 9 am, honoring my commitment to stitch on a quilt I’m making for ??? (name to be revealed at a later date).
Joining Kat and friends for this week’s edition of Unraveled Wednesday! Hop on over to see what others are making and reading.
* Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver. Penquin Press, New York. 2017.