Sleeping in the Forest
I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.
from Sleeping In The Forest
© 1978 by Mary Oliver
Thanks for sharing this rather enigmatic poem Jennifer.ReplyDelete
One thing that Mary Oliver's death has given us is that people are sharing their favorites of her poems and it's beautiful. As is this one.ReplyDelete
Wow. She blows my mind every time.ReplyDelete
How wonderful that many are writing about the loss of Mary Oliver and sharing her poems.ReplyDelete
I only just learned of her passing. I am glad to see you too are a fan/posted this poem.ReplyDelete
She gave us a lot of deep poems.ReplyDelete
this is great!ReplyDelete