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"stay awhile" | by mindwhisperings
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"stay awhile"

Every morning I walk softly and with forward glances

down to the ponds and through the pinewoods.


I have gone every day to the same woods,

not waiting, exactly, just lingering.


I have thought sometimes that

something – I can’t name it -

watches as I walk


Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”


Later, lying half-asleep under

the blankets, I watch

while the doe, glittering with rain, steps

under the wet slabs of the pines


These are the woods I love,

where the secret name

of every death is life again – a miracle


Someday I’ll live in the sky.

Meanwhile the house of my life is this green world.


In the book of the earth it is written:

nothing can die.


~Mary Oliver~

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Taken on October 12, 2011