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.

by Mary Oliver

Comments (7)

hope its good for a Christmas concert thing
This is a review for the poem Christmas Joy by Melvina Germain. This poem is a happy poem because it talks about Christmas. It also talks about how beautiful Christmas can be with your loved ones. Its talking about how Christmas is happy and to be enjoyed.
Beautiful Christmas scene.and the time of celebration nice portrayed. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem.
awesome......merry christmas GIFT Melvina...lol...very nice piece.....thanks
You are hereby officialy...Ms. Christmas Poemhunter...i just coronated you...if someone doesen't like it...they can come see me.Love this piece, young lady Claus... frank
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