Tell about it.
I’m not sure if this is considered a poem or simply a quote but it has always been one of my favourites. Today is the first anniversary of Mary Oliver’s death. She left us with so many exquisite poems and this one seems, to me, to capture so well the essence of how she lived and what she wrote.
So here is a small tribute to her based on this poem.
Pay Attention. How else will you know what is going on around you?
You must be present to life each day as it is, notice it, observe, especially
the smallest details – this grasshopper, the ocean’s shine, the green
fists of the peonies, the daily presentations. Let us not become blasé about
this remarkable life.
Be astonished. We can become unimpressed with what we have seen
and experienced many times, becoming indifferent to both the beauties
and the horrors the world shows us over and over. It is only right, she tells
us, to be amazed and impressed by everything, especially (again) the small
details. To be filled with awe, lost for words.
Tell about it. For a poet like herself, Oliver knew how to tell us what she
saw, how to put words to what might seem indescribable. Yet I think she
meant not only that we should write poetry but that we should speak of all
that is remarkable about this world, to share the wonders we see and hear
with others as she so generously did with us.
Mary Oliver said all that and so much more in 7 words.
Are you not astonished?