Comforting Thought: The Sun by Mary Oliver

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Have you ever seen


in your life

more wonderful

than the way the sun

every evening

relaxed and easy

floats towards the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills

or the rumbled sea

and is gone –

and how it slides again

out of the blackness every morning,

on the other side of the world,

like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,

say on a morning in early summer,

at its perfect imperial distance –

and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love

do you think that there is anywhere, in any language

a word billowing enough

for the pleasure

that fills you,

as the sun,

reaches out and warms you

as you stand there,

empty-handed –

or have you too

turned from this world

or have you too

gone crazy for power,

for things?

Mary Oliver

Quote extracted from: Mary Oliver – New and Selected Poems

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