Wild Geese

What is it about hearing their cries of plea and applause, seeing their white bellies against the night sky, the perfect formation directing them forward, the way the one in the back flies up to take the lead…. that makes me cry every time?

 Every time.


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 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.



4 Responses to “Wild Geese”

  1. 1 Teacher Goes Back to School October 26, 2009 at 12:47 am

    What is it about this poem that makes me cry every time? Seriously. Every time.

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