Mary Oliver & The Witchery of Living
February 27, 2021– “Will the ox remain hungry in the field and not eat?
from the sweet grass?
Will the owl bite its own wings?
Will the lark forget to lift its body into the air or
do you forget to sing?
Will the rivers run upstream?
Behold, I say – behold
reliability and finery and teachings
of this gift of sandy soil “.
Thus begins this poem by Mary Oliver. It is a poem that is full of imperatives, direct inquiries, and penetrating insight. It is a poem with a big heart and a long passage, which takes the reader directly to the enchanted bush that is, ‘the witchcraft of living’. Read it here. (437 reads)
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