Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

To family and friends, to everyone celebrating, I would like to wish you all A Happy 4th of July.  



A poem today from Mary Oliver

Every year
the lilies
are so perfect
I can hardly believe

their lapping light crowding the black,
mid-summer ponds.
Nobody could count all of them--

the muskrats swimming
can reach out and touch 
only so many, they are that
rife and wild.

But what in this world
is perfect?

I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided--
and that one wears an orange blight--
and this one is a glossy cheek

half nibbled away--
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
unstoppable decay.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled--
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing--
that the light is everything--that it is more than the sum 
of each flawed blossom rising and fading.  And I do.

And shouldn't we all?

A poem from House of Light (1990) by Mary Oliver


22 comments:

  1. I like that poem and love your beautiful flowers.
    Happy Fourth of July!

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  2. Inspirational poem - and beautiful iris. Thank you.

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  3. Thank you for the friendly good wishes, flowers, and the thoughtful poem, D.




    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  4. Happy 4th July. The Iris's are wonderful. Nice Poem. Margaret

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  5. A very Happy Independence Day to you all! What a fetching hat Denise. I sincerely hope no fires are started by fireworks although the eastern half of the country should be wet enough for there being no danger.

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  6. Happy Independence Day, Denise and Gregg!

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  7. Great poem. It's one of those that makes me want to keep reading. Happy 4th, Denise.

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  8. Love the poem, Denise! Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

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  9. You have a great fourth as well Denise, nice poem!

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  10. Happy 4th to you and your family! Love the flowers in your header. I have a bank of them in one of my garden, but they haven't started blooming yet.♥♫

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  11. LOvely poem, lovely pictures. Have a happy Independence Day yourself!

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  12. Just lovely, Denise. I hope you and yours have a happy and peaceful celebration.

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  13. I love that hat photo! and the flowers are gorgeous! Happy 4th of July!

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  14. Happy Fourth~ That's a wonderful poem. So often I see only the beauty of a flower or a field or a sky and then am a little disappointed when I download my picture. I need to learn to love the imperfection. (And thank goodness our brains are wired to see the beauty first!).

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  15. Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July... God Bless America.

    We had rain all day --but we still enjoyed our BBQ and watermelon!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. Now THAT is the PERFECT hat for the 4th!!! Hope you had a fabulous day!

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