Friday, September 18, 2009

To live in this world

A friend emailed last night to invite me to a reading by Mary Oliver, and immediately I thought of these lines that I love, these lines that arrived in one of the very first cards after Henry died: 
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

    —Mary Oliver , "In Blackwater Woods"
                   You can read the whole poem here.


  1. Sara thank you for this, its beautiful!

  2. Wow - that hits home. Absolutely stunning.

  3. It is beautiful Sara. Its just what the Doctor ordered I will go and read the whole poem. Thank you.

    BTW are you going to go to the reading?

  4. I'm not sure about the reading yet. I really want to go. Just figuring out Kathleen care.

  5. Thanks for posting this. It's gorgeous, and I am now running off to find and check out Mary Oliver books to share with N over the weekend.

  6. This is beautiful, thank you for sharing it.
    I'd like to think I can manage the first two but the last one, not yet. xo