Now, where did I leave that?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Annual Cyber Slam for Brighid

Apparently, for several years, many bloggers have honored Brighid, Goddess of poetry among many things, by posting poems by others or themselves. Sad to say I've not written one myself in time for today, but below is a favorite of mine. It instantly came to mind as the perfect honoring of Brighid....Blessed Be!

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

--Mary Oliver


the wild magnolia said...

Mary Oliver is over the top at sharing nature, taking us places we may never have gone without her.

This is perfect!

Thank you, for sharing.

Ambermoggie, a fragrant soul said...

Beautiful I also,posted my poems

Michaele said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE this! It has made my day! I must go check out other poems by her. Thanks so much for sharing.

Shel said...


jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi! let me know how your soup turns out.