Monday, 30 January 2012

Be ignited, or be gone. ~ Mary Oliver

Meditation is old and honorable, 
so why should I not sit, 
every morning of my life, 
on the hillside,
looking into the shining world ?

Because, properly
attended to, delight,
as well as havoc, is suggestion.

Can one be passionate about the just, the
ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit
to no labor in its cause ?
I don't think so.

All summations have a beginning,
all effect has a story,
all kindness begins with the sown seed.

Thought buds toward radiance.
The gospel of light
is the crossroads of -- indolence, or action.

Be ignited, or be gone.

~ Mary Oliver
from New and Selected Poems, by Mary Oliver
Art by Geoffrey Chandler

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