The dream of my life is to lie down by a slow river and stare at the light in the trees - to learn something by being nothing

-Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver

How heron comes It is a negligence of the mind not to notice how at dusk heron comes to the pond and stands there in his death robes, perfect servant of the system, hungry, his eyes full of attention, his wings pure light

Mary Oliver
Oh, yesterday, that one, we all cry out. Oh, that one! How rich and possible everything was! How ripe, ready, lavish, and filled with excitement--how hopeful we were on those summer days, under the clean, white racing clouds. Oh, yesterday!
Mary Oliver

... the natural world is the old river that runs through everything, and I think poets will forever fish along its shores.

Mary Oliver
Because of the dog's joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?
Mary Oliver

We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy. I spent a great deal of time in my younger years just writing and reading, walking around the woods in Ohio, where I grew up.

Mary Oliver
...whoever you are, not matter how lonely the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh & exciting - over & over announcing your place in the family of things.
Mary Oliver

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.

Mary Oliver
Who do you want to be in your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.

Mary Oliver
I want to be braver and more honest about my life. When you're sexually abused, there's a lot of damage.