“a silence in which another voice may speak”

Mary Oliver’s poems abound in their simplicity and in their calling attention to notice what is there right in front of us. Throughout much of her poetry there is brevity and beauty. Her daily walks in the woods or along the shoreline never seemed to fail to give her words to put on paper. The title of an article in the New Yorker following her death in 2019 says it with brevity and beauty “Mary Oliver Helped us Stay Amazed.” https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/mary-oliver-helped-us-stay-amazed I share with you her poem Praying. Enjoy.

Praying
by Mary Oliver

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Prayer:
Lord God,
hear my prayer
spoken and silent
with words and wonderment.
I listen to hear your presence
spoken and silent
with words and wonderment.
Amen.

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