Wild Geese

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You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it 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 prairies 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.
 
from Dream Work by Mary Oliver 
published by Atlantic Monthly Press
© Mary Oliver

“Out of the Question” – By David Wilcox

Case closed. I was certain in my youth

God knows, I had my scientific proof

In my mind,  I thought I saw the truth

Never looked beyond my lenses;  never saw that it was you

Out of the question

So the answer I could never see

Out of the question

I look for you and you find me

Out of the question

You’re closer than the air I breath

But out of the question

And into the mystery

My heart – brings me to my knees

There’s God:   the forest for the trees

Move me,  like the wind will stir  the leaves

I give way to the mystery like the branches in the breeze    and I’m...

Out of the question

Catch the wind inside my fist?   No it’s

Out of the question

Try to trap you and I know I’ve missed

Out of the question

The place you will always be,   is

Out of the question

And into the mystery

Truth is there for finding, but the logic that’s involved

is a mystery  unwinding,  not a problem to be solved

Out of the question

I look for You, and You find me

Out of the question

In truth you will always be

Out of the question

You’re closer than the air I breath

Out of the question...   and Into the mystery!

© David Wilcox, all rights reserved

Here is an outstanding cover version of this song on YouTube –