WILD GEESE A POEM BY MARY OLIVER

Inspired by @sarahgorman @beingholli @taner_banana @avecsarah .
  1. You do not have to be good.
  2. You do not have to walk on your knees.
  3. For a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
  4. You only have to let the soft animal of your body
  5. Love what it loves.
  6. Tell me about your despair and I will tell you mine.
  7. Meanwhile the world goes on.
  8. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
  9. Are moving across the landscapes
  10. Over the prairies and the deep trees
  11. The mountains and the rivers
  12. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
  13. Are heading home again.
  14. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
  15. The world offers itself to your imagination,
  16. Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
  17. Over and over announcing your place
  18. In the family of things.