“your one wild and precious life”

The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

I found this wonderful poem on Christa’s Blog

In several of my favorite blogs this same issue is arising – how best to use this “wild and precious life”. Here are two more to illustrate my point. Mombacho and Robin Easton’s Naked in Eden

Each of these blogs presents a different picture of the same concept “…what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” You may like to check them out.

I would like to know how each of you would answer this question. Please leave a comment – I would love to hear from you all.

11 thoughts on ““your one wild and precious life”

  1. Dear Trish, I just tweeted this. It is soooooooo lovely. It brought tears to my eyes. I know the feeling of this poem so well. It brought to life my own wild hunger for Life, something that is with me every single day…every single moment, no matter where I am or what is going on.

    I am also going to check out the other people you mention here. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. Mary Oliver always speaks to my deepest wild heart. Bless my dear friend. Hugs, Robin

  2. Hi!
    This speaks to me:
    “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
    I do know how to pay attention, …
    how to be idle and blessed….”

    This is something I’m still trying to learn.

    • Being idle and blessed is what I’m best at. Nothing to learn – just stop trying to accomplish anything LOL.

      Actually I was astonished once when I had said to a friend, “not if you want to accomplish anything” in reply to whatever, and she said, “who wants to accomplish anything?” It stunned me that there was a choice in the matter. I had just always lived my life as if I had to accomplish something – anything! What a relief to give up that hamster wheel…

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