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Mary Oliver, Wild Geese January 21, 2014

Posted by heidi skarie in poetry.
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My daughter gave me a sweater and on it was a tag with a quote that read:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”― Mary Oliver

Why I Wake Early

Why I Wake Early

I was intrigued by this uplifting quote and so I went on line to find out more about Mary Oliver.  I discovered, as many of you probably already know, she is a well-known poet who is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

She writes poems that are meditations about the natural world around her.  As she has grown older her poetry has become more spiritual.

One of Mary Oliver’s most well known poems is Wild Geese.  I found a YouTube of her reading Wild Geese and some of her other poems at Emory University.  It’s treat to hear her read her own material and reveals some of her delightful sense of humor.

A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings


Another one of her more famous poems is The Journey.  Here is a YouTube where the poem is set to photos and music.



1. Laura Ely - January 22, 2014

Thank you for sharing the delicious beauty of Mary Oliver reading her poems 🙂

Sent from my iPhone

2. dgregoryburns - March 21, 2014

Mary Oliver is one of my all time favoite poets. Thank you for sharing this. I named Oliver’s “Dog Songs” as one of the best books of last year. Here is the post if you want to see what I said. I would love to hear your opinion:

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