Thursday, February 06, 2020

Thursday Poem - Straight Talk From Fox

Listen says fox it is music to run
over the hills to lick
dew from the leaves to nose along
the edges of the ponds to smell the fat
ducks in their bright feathers but
far out, safe in their rafts of
sleep. It is like
music to visit the orchard, to find
the vole sucking the sweet of the apple, or the
rabbit with his fast-beating heart. Death itself
is a music. Nobody has ever come close to
writing it down, awake or in a dream. It cannot
be told. It is flesh and bones
changing shape and with good cause, mercy
is a little child beside such an invention. It is
music to wander the black back roads
outside of town no one awake or wondering
if anything miraculous is ever going to
happen, totally dumb to the fact of every
moment's miracle. Don't think I haven't
peeked into windows. I see you in all your seasons
making love, arguing, talking about God
as if he were an idea instead of the grass,
instead of the stars, the rabbit caught
in one good teeth-whacking hit and brought
home to the den. What I am, and I know it, is
responsible, joyful, thankful. I would not
give my life for a thousand of yours.

Mary Oliver, from Redbird

3 comments:

Barbara R. said...

Oh, thank you for sharing this...one I hadn't read. I just re-read it several times. Thankful to fox, and Oliver, and you, for giving me Fox-thoughts.

Tabor said...

Like Barbara I have missed this one of Mary Oliver. Now I will pull her book out and skim it again for my favorites. I do love foxes and Mary captured them! Your photo is marvelous.

J.G. said...

This poem brought a wild sound from my throat when it ended. Thank you so much for sharing this reminder that there is so much more to living than thinking.