Monday, February 17, 2014

Dogs without leashes... Poet, Mary Oliver

I've been enjoying the poetry of American poet Mary Oliver, who, in the way of talented poets, expresses ideas or emotions in such carefully, exactly, exquisitely chosen words that they ring true and resonate... 
Mary Oliver is a poet known for "her clear and poignant observances of the natural world" (Wikipedia).  The poem The Summer Day is a wonderful example of her skills of noticing, describing, rejoicing, questionning,

and here, simply put, here is a mantra :

Instructions for living a life.

Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

Mary Oliver loves dogs and her book of poems Dog Songs celebrates her own dogs as well as the joy dogs bring to the lives of any ardent and fond dog owner. There is a post about it at Maria Popover's Brainpicking's blog

Here is one short poem from Dog Songs which made me think of Roland's Wood...  (instead of "holding this book", think "reading this poem")

If you are holding this book 

You may not agree, you may not care, but
if you are holding this book you should know
that of all the sights I love in this world -
and there are plenty - very near the top of
the list is this one : dogs without leashes.

I think Roland would have agreed with that.  

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