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Kiotara anthem / 6: no matter how lonely

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees
for an hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You have only to let
the soft animal of your body
love what she 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 praries 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.

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:Mary Oliver, "Wild Geese"

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