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Friday, January 18, 2019

Poetry Friday--"Moon and Water"

I was going to look at moon poems today in recognition of the upcoming total eclipse, but then I heard the news of Mary Oliver's death, yesterday.

So, in celebration of the life of this modern master poet, here is a moon poem from Mary Oliver's 2009 collection, Evidence [811.54 OLI]:
Moon and Water

I wake and spend
the last hours
of darkness
with no one

but the moon.
She listens
to my complaints
like the good

companion she is
and comforts me surely
with her light.
But she, like everyone,

has her own life.
So finally I understand
that she has turned away,
is no longer listening.

She wants me
to refold myself
into my own life.
And, bending close,

as we all dream of doing,
she rows with her white arms
through the dark water
which she adores.
We have many volumes of Oliver's poems in the 811.54 section for you the enjoy. Rest in peace, Mary Oliver.

The Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect. I'm sure there will be many remembrances of Mary Oliver and many meaningful poems shared.

18 comments:

  1. Love the pairing of the eclipse with poetry!

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  2. Those images! Isn't it amazing how we're really not done writing about the moon? There's still more to say. A wonderful selection, Diane.

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    1. As long as there are people to look up, there will be moon poems.

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  3. So many moon poems to love and here is one new to me, Diane, and by Mary Oliver. Thanks for that. I am excited about the eclipse, and it looks like we will be clear on Sunday!

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    1. We'll be in the middle of a storm, I fear.

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  4. We will have clouds and I will miss the eclipse. I love this poem by Oliver. Thank you. My poetry book collection will be growing.

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    1. How large is it now, Jone? Remember, the public library has lots of poetry books just waiting to be borrowed.

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  5. So lovely. The last stanza is my favorite . . .

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    1. This is my favorite:
      She wants me
      to refold myself
      into my own life.

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  6. I love all moon poems, especially when they are written by the incredible Mary Oliver. When I look up at the moon this weekend, I will remember the words of this poem. Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. I wonder if there are any poets without a moon poem or two?

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  7. This is a lovely moon poem. I'll think of it the next time I'm up with the moon. Though I mourn our loss of Mary Oliver, I am savoring each of her poems shared this week.

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    1. It's amazing how much of her work is being shared on social media this week!

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  8. Oh, my. That ending!

    Thank you!

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    1. And I can see the moon's reflection looking as if it is traveling on the water.

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  9. Diane, I am circling back to your post to see if I can add my comment that I wrote on Friday but your site would not accept it. This has happened to me several times this weekend. I am loving these lines: She wants me
    to refold myself
    into my own life.
    And, bending close...
    Mary calls the moon she and when in Florida the yoga instructor had us on the beach before sunrise saluting the female moon and then giving praise to the sun as it opened the sky with light.

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    1. I never thought about assigning a gender to the moon! Thanks for making me think, Carol!

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