Friday, September 11, 2009

Poem of the Day: Halleluiah


Everyone should be born into this world happy

and loving everything.

But in truth it rarely works that way.

For myself, I have spent my life clamoring toward it.

Halleluiah, anyway I’m not where I started!

And have you too been trudging like that, sometimes

almost forgetting how wondrous the world is

and how miraculously kind some people can be?

And have you too decided that probably nothing important

is ever easy?

Not, say, for the first sixty years.

Halleluiah, I’m sixty now, and even a little more,

and some days I feel I have wings.

---Mary Oliver, from her book, Evidence (Boston: Beacon Press, 2009) 19

Thanks to my pal John Lanci for sharing this beautiful poem with me today.

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