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Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

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Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

We wanted to share this moving poem with you as a way to celebrate World Kindness Day, November 13th 2016.

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting 

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

This poem is from Mary Oliver’s Dream Work collection. Click here to find out more.

By | 2016-11-10T04:11:43+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Emotions, Mindfulness, Poetry, Wellbeing|

About the Author:

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Dr Jacqueline Baulch is a clinical psychologist and the director of Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology.