“Not Anyone Who Says” by Mary Oliver

Not anyone who says, “I’m going to be
careful and smart in matters of love,”
who says, “I’m going to choose slowly,”
but only those lovers who didn’t choose at all
but were, as it were, chosen
by something invisible and powerful and uncontrollable
and beautiful and possibly even
unsuitable —
only those know what I’m talking about
in this talking about love.

from: Felicity: Poems by Mary Oliver, Penguin Press.

2 thoughts on ““Not Anyone Who Says” by Mary Oliver

    1. You are so welcome. Thank YOU for taking the time to leave a note, I appreciate you.

      I too love Mary’s work, especially her poems from Thirst and from Dog Songs. Though “Wild Geese”–the poem in which I “found” her work–will always hold a special place in my heart.

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