Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!

Such Singing in the Wild Branches
Mary Oliver

It was spring
and finally I heard him
among the first leaves -
then I saw him clutching the limb
in an island of shade
with his red-brown feathers
all trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still
and thought of nothing.
Then I began to listen.
Then I was filled with gladness - 
and that's when it happened,
when I seem to float,
to be, myself, a wing or a tree -
and I began to understand
what the bird was saying,
and the sands in the grass
for a pure white moment
while gravity sprinkled upward
like rain, rising, and in fact
it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing -
it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed
not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers,
and also the trees around them,
ad well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds
in the perfectly blue sky - all, all of them were singing.
And, of course, yes, it seemed, so was I.
Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn't last
for more than a few moments.
It's one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,
is that, once you've been there,
you're there forever.
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring, is it morning?
Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

Happy Spring!

Til next time,


Cameron said...

Indeed, one of my most favorite things about living out in a more natural area are the gorgeous songs of the plentiful birds...songs so loud and happy, they easily interrupt breakfast making and idle conversations just needing to be heard :D

Maggi said...

Happy Spring to you! :D

Queenie Believe said...

Beautiful photo and wonderful poem! Happy Spring to you too!!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

angelself said...

Beautiful post! Happy Spring, Theresa =) Kathryn

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy Spring Theresa ;o) What a beautiful post! Thanks my friend ;o) Hugs ;o)

Heather said...

happy spring to you as well! Im so glad it has arrived!~

Fair Rosamund said...

Hi Theresa, Happy Spring to you!! Beautiful photo and words :) Big hugs, Lauren

Victoria said...

Yay Happy Spring Theresa...thankyou for this super beautiful post! Wishing you much magic and joy this new season..hugs and sparkles..

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