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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