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Mary Oliver // “Do you love this world?

Do you cherish your humble and silky life?

Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?”

I am a newcomer to the words of Mary Oliver. Every time I read a poem, it becomes my favorite thing in the word. I was reflecting on the simplicity of life while out for a walk after dinner. Taking the dog for a walk, an empty schoolyard with lights in the distance. The quiet of the night and the distant smell of the ocean in the air. All found while living in the present moment. How easy it is to enjoy the simple gifts that fill our lives all day long if we only take the time to see them. And how easy is it at the same time to ignore all that lies beneath the surface.