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August 03, 2009

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Teri and the cats of Furrydance

...a house named Gratitude. How simple and full that feels to say out loud.

Patricia Ludwick

Ah, who could resist such an invitation to share a poem? Blessed Mary Oliver: my sister went to a concert hall in Seattle to hear her read, and the entire audience, packed into the Bena Roya Hall, stood and applauded when she walked on stage - gratitude!!!

and here's Li-Young Lee, deeply grateful for the miracle of summer fruit.

From Blossoms

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

Li-Young Lee (1957 - )

Leah-Ariadne Ray

I am grateful for so many things in this life, not least of them the poetry of Mary Oliver and the other souls she touches as she touches mine. Thank you for posting this!

Leah-Ariadne

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