“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination…”
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend an evening of ecstatic dance, poetry, and live music. A number of poems touched my soul and sparked my creativity.
I wanted to share the one below, entitled “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver, because of its motivating message for me.
I don’t feel loneliness in this poem. Instead, I feel the gentle reminder that we are all in this together.
There is a community out there where your wild ideas and deepest dreams will be welcomed, supported and cultivated.
Don’t stop dreaming, and don’t hide your dreams from the world. We want to hear your goose call.
Wild Geese (by Mary Oliver)
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 your 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.