the world offers itself

inspired by Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese

 

the world offers itself to your imagination

do not despair

do not question

motives

intent

look to the world

beyond your sorrows

find the beauty

alert your senses

to the wind

to the flowers

the geese, the owl

alert

for it is

nature

that calls to your heart

the snow on the bridge

the crackling ice below

be mindful

 

the world

offers your imagination

tomorrow

do not let the pull

of trauma

all that screwed up

senseless pain

distract you

 

the world offers itself

to your imagination

walk barefoot in

the park or

through the river

feel the sharp edges

of rocks

and know

you have the strength

to sink into the pain

take the next step

 

sing in the forest

tell your happiness

to the leaves and

the branches

 

tell the mama bird

thank you

for her patience

as she sat

waiting for her babies

give her a nightly

round of applause

 

remember to bend down

and touch the flower

feel the softness that

inspired that artist

to take up a brush

and show us the feeling

understand the edge

of the petal

learn the curve

of the leaf

know the perfection

of nature

 

the world offers itself

to your writer’s imagination

lay down in the sand

it provides solace

in its warmth

its roughness

reminds you that

you’re alive

 

close your eyes and

know the waves

they come from away

to make you think of

nothing and everything

 

the world offers you

a chance

to stop hiding in

your burlap bag

come forth

into the grass

and the trees

and the sand

 

the world offers itself to

your heart

to the child who needs healing

and the mother who failed

and the one who only

thought she did

 

the salve of a sunset

to soothe your wounds

embrace healing from sunshine

and water

and eagles

 

the world offers itself to

your imagination

what delights are held

in its caves

and narrow pathways

to somewhere

your ideas

are buried beneath

the concrete and steel

the oil rigs and railways

and if you find them

you will

also be found

 

the world offers itself

to your imagination

touch it

hear it

see it

smell it

taste it

what joy does it bring you

what fears does it remind

you to hide from

what moments in time

become unfrozen

when the sun touches

down on your heart

when the silence of the

morning is broken

and you

no longer run to somewhere

to do something

urgent

stop

 

let the world

offer itself to you

 

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