“I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life” by Mary Oliver

Love, love, love, says Percy.
And hurry as fast as you can
along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust.

Then, go to sleep.
Give up your body heat, your beating heart.
Then, trust.

 

“I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life” by Mary Oliver, via Red Bird: Poems, Beacon Press.

Mary Oliver and Percy. (Photo © 2005 by Rachel Giese Brown.)
Mary Oliver and Percy. (Photo © 2005 by Rachel Giese Brown.)

 

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