WILD GEESE BY MARY OLIVER

“You do not have to be good…”

 

You can read the full version of the poem and listen to Mary Oliver’s own reading of it, HERE.

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  1. […] of Mary Oliver’s poem Wild Geese, which is far too beautiful to quote in part; you can find it here. We also learn about Nouwen’s image of God in his alternative description of prayer, as our […]

  2. […] Frye; Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke; When I am Dead, My Dearest by Christina Rossetti; or Wild Geese by Mary […]

  3. […] But I think decency is what’s called for here, a selection of books that burn brightly on the side of the light. You might start with the work of Mary Oliver. She’s a wonderful poet – humane, generous and forgiving. Start with the heart-repairing Wild Geese. […]

  4. […] a nature-themed passage or poem to read during the ceremony. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver is a beautiful […]

  5. […] Wild Geese by Mary Oliver […]

  6. […] I have included a fragment from one of my favourite Mary Oliver poems, Wild Geese: […]

  7. […] is a sign that we care deeply. Now is not the time to turn our back on such emotions. As the poet Mary Oliver has written: “You tell me your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.” For many, the […]

  8. […] a sign that we care deeply. Now is not the time to turn our back on such emotions. As the poet Mary Oliver has written: “You tell me your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.” For many, the […]

  9. […] is a sign that we care deeply. Now is not the time to turn our back on such emotions. As the poet Mary Oliver has written: “You tell me your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.” For many, the […]

  10. […] is a sign that we care deeply. Now is not the time to turn our back on such emotions. As the poet Mary Oliver has written: “You tell me your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.” For many, the […]

  11. […] you like Mary Oliver, other favorites include Wild Geese and The Summer […]

  12. […] Yesterday marked the end of an era, that of Mary Oliver, (Pulitzer Prize) winning American poet. Her poem When I Am Among the Trees is a gem (as is Wild Geese). […]

  13. […] course, some of the poems she is most famous for are quite on-the-nose when it comes to death, like Wild Geese and The Summer Day, which I’ve quoted before (“Tell me, what is it you plan to do / […]

  14. […] Other lines and sentences seem almost as inescapable. “You do not have to be good,” begins “Wild Geese”; “You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves.” Elsewhere: […]

  15. […] first lines from Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese”. I devoured the poem over and over and over and over. It was the truth. I could feel it.  And […]

  16. […] Other lines and sentences seem almost as inescapable. “You do not have to be good,” begins “Wild Geese”; “You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves.” Elsewhere: […]

  17. […] Other lines and sentences seem almost as inescapable. “You do not have to be good,” begins “Wild Geese”; “You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves.” Elsewhere: […]

  18. […] Brene Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. Also, here is a link to the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver which Josephine talks […]

  19. […] through a pile of readings and was reunited with one of my favorite pieces—a short poem called Wild Geese, which I had first encountered in a literature class, back in my undergraduate years. It was […]

  20. […] read Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” wherein the narrator tells us that no matter how sad we are, we can find beauty in the world […]

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