for union & lake

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don't hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that's often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don't be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

['Don't Hesitate' by Mary Oliver from Swan: Poems and Prose Poems]


  1. How very odd--I didn't realize this was a poem at first and I thought you were quoting someone we both know online. Or 'know' online. Or...yeah, whatever. Mary Oliver has the same voice as this friend. Weird.

    Oh, and I like this. Very very much.