The Sun

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April is National Poetry Month, and I plan to post one poem per day, every day this month (If you have a favorite poem that you'd like me to share, feel free to email it to me).

The image was kindly provided by my friend, Dave Rintoul, who snapped that picture when we were visiting the Platte River in Nebraska, watching the migrating sandhill cranes.

Sunset over a slough on the Platte River, Nebraska.

Image: Dave Rintoul, March 2008 [larger view].

Today's poem was one I chose for Earth Day, especially for these ending lines;

or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power
for things?

This poem was written by one of my favorite living poets, Mary Oliver, whose every poem fills me with the sublime, and it seemed appropriate for this day;

The Sun

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again

out of the blackness
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power
for things?

-- Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems: Volume One (Beacon Press; 2004).

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