Wild Geese

Thank you, Mary Oliver.
  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
  4. repenting.
  5. You only have to let the soft animal of your
  6. body
  7. love what it loves.
  8. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you
  9. mine.
  10. Meanwhile the world goes on.
  11. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the
  12. rain
  13. are moving across the landscapes,
  14. over the prairies and the deep trees
  15. the mountains and the rivers.
  16. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean
  17. blue air
  18. are heading home again.
  19. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely
  20. the world offers itself to your imagination
  21. calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and
  22. exciting
  23. over and over announcing your place
  24. in the family of things.