Words to live and dream by
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver 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.
“Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met—obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.”John F. Kennedy
______________________________________ Float by Leslie Ferguson don’t go the sky is rainbow a confetti world beyond the clouds there is a skiff that can take us oars to steer us flickers of light wanderlust speed I’ve needed you but I must be only a faint misty memory passing through you stay and we can lie together as the hull takes on water we can put eyes to heaven, dream a floaty future in each other’s arms flecked with paper and hope because if you leave I collapse I promise to hold on rescue you from drowning I’ll do better this time I’ve learned over the years how to survive it’s almost the same as learning how to love.