nature lovers meetup Message Board › Today's poem 4/6/2013
Note: If you receive this by email, you need to change your account settings. See below to find out how.
from Meditations In the Margins of the 1941 Catalogue of Dover Books
From Meditations selected by Mary Oliver for the PSA National Chapbook Fellowship competition. All Rights Reserved.
i. Uniforms of the American Revolution Coloring Book
I apologize on behalf of the dead.
They do not mean to hurt us.
They show us a way to be in the world,
then leave us for the deer and salt licks,
the reed-shrouded fog in the marsh.
I knew a dead person once,
and I consider myself lucky.
To wear the ghost of him
like an untanned bear hide brought me
a secret pleasure I have never felt since.
Who needs lungs when you're flying
among the trees?
It's what the taxidermists all say:
We construct the infinite spirit
and you ignore the palpable soul.
Think of it.
To wear the uniform of the dead
is to walk through mountains.
Show me the way to the doorless sea,
to the river of brine and day,
and I'll give you hands to breathe again, lads,
the most important things you'll need
to hold this land
that will never be yours.
Today's poem is thanks to Poetry Society of America
IF YOU RECEIVED THIS BY EMAIL, YOU ARE PROBABLY SUBSCRIBED TO THE MESSAGE BOARD TO RECEIVE POSTINGS BY EMAIL. I MERELY POST THESE ON THE MESSAGE BOARD AND THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE EMAILED TO ALL. [To change settings, click "Account" at the top, then "membership and communication" on the left, then "edit communication settings" under nature lovers meetup].
You can see previous poems by going to "Message Board." All members are welcome to post a poem under "Today's poem", on the message board. The poem is usually posted between 10pm the previous night and 9 am on the day of the poem. It could be your own or someone else's. It should be something to do with nature, and ideally it should have something to do with the particular day.