Sunday, 12 April 2015

Mary Oliver

While I deeply appreciate the metaphors and symbols of the Christian Church, I sometimes miss the ample references of the non-human world. Mary Oliver invites me back to this in a masterful way. Each and every day we can get out of the human centred world, and witness the interdependence that tree is bird is me is you.

Something has happened
To the bread
And the wine.

They have been blessed.
What now?
The body leans forward

To receive the gift
from the priest’s hand,
then the chalice.

I want
to see Jesus
maybe in the clouds

or on the shore,
just walking,
beautiful man

And clearly
someone else

On the hard days
I ask myself
if I ever will.

Also there are times
when  my body whispers to me
that I have.

-mary Oliver

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