SLB (September 6th / Calgary, Canada.)

Wild Geese

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.

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Comments (2)

There isn't much more powerful than the symbolism of water...nicely done. Coach
Oh yes these large bodies of water can be very inviting, one must be careful, they have the abillity to hypnotize and call to you. I know I experience that feeling everytime I visit Niagara Falls, the feeling is tremendous and I have a very difficult time standing back but I realize I must not allow this magnetic pull to take me. Your poem starts with a gentle, soothing feeling and then gives a very important message to the reader. Thank you Shelley for this wonderful treasure. Melvina