The Ponds – Mary Oliver


Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled—
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing—
that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do.

(from the poem, “The Ponds”)”
―     Mary Oliver


  1. This is one of my favorite Mary Oliver poems. This and “A Meeting”. She is one of a few poets who really make me stop and take a breath after reading. Thanks.

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