Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mary Oliver's New Collection

"Painted" in the Waterlogue App from a personal photo taken in Port Townsend, Washington

I have just read and greatly enjoyed Mary Oliver's new collection of poems, Blue Horses.  I love several of the poems in the book, but my favorite is quoted below.

          IF I WANTED A BOAT
                     by Mary Oliver

          I would want a boat, if I wanted a
          boat, that bounded hard on the waves,
          that didn't know starboard from port
          and wouldn't learn, that welcomed
          dolphins and headed straight for the 
          whales, that, when rocks were close,
          would slide in for a touch or two,
          that wouldn't keep land in sight and
          went fast, that leaped into the spray.
          What kind of life is it always to plan
          and do, to promise and finish, to wish
          for the near and the safe?  Yes, by the 
          heavens, if I wanted a boat I would want
          a boat that I couldn't steer.





3 comments:

Glenda Hoagland said...

Such a wonderful poem

john said...

Stupendous poem! Love that you have discovered the watercolor app. :-)

john said...

Stupendous poem! Love that you have discovered the watercolor app. :-)