An Excerpt from “In Blackwater Woods”

There is something about Mary Oliver’s poems that resonates with me.

“to live in this world

you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”

– Mary Oliver

When my mom was sick, I previously posted another poem excerpt of Oliver’s, that helps me again now:

Then said my friend Daniel
(brave even among lions),
“It’s not the weight you carry

but how you carry it –
books, bricks, grief –
it’s all in the way
you embrace it, balance it, carry it

when you cannot and would not,
put it down.

–Excerpted from “Heavy,” by Mary Oliver

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