Site icon Read A Little Poetry

I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life by Mary Oliver

Header PostFeaturedImage 06
MARGINALIA • SKIP TO THE POEM

1.
I am all melancholy and mellowed. It’s probably the wine. It’s nice here outside: the breeze is warm, the houses are still all lit.

2.
It’s one in the morning. I think. I’m full of food. And memories, and things left unsaid.

3.
The stars are winking, as if to say, you can be happy, too, even if you’re sad. It’ll be our little secret. Yes, I’ll drink. Another glass for me and the sky. Another for you, dear reader, and for your hurts, and for your happiness. If I could give you a gift, this is it. Also, a kiss.

4.
Happy Christmas.

I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life (Ten)
Mary Oliver

Love, love, love, says Percy.
And hurry as fast as you can
along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust.

Then, go to sleep.
Give up your body heat, your beating heart.
Then, trust.

[expand title=”Endnotes” tag=”h6″ expanded=”true”]

This poem appeared in Red Bird by Mary Oliver, published by Beacon Press, 2008. Shared here with profound gratitude.

Read more works by Mary OliverFind books by this poet • Or view my library 

Explore poems in pursuit of: tendernessbeing humanawe • Or browse the index

[/expand]

[expand title=”Dear Reader” tag=”h6″]

This little corner of the world is my passion project since 2005. My commitment is that it will always remain free to all. If this place holds meaning for you, would you consider supporting it? This can be in the form of a cup of coffee (+ other ways).

Note that Read A Little Poetry may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through any links on this site. It is at no additional cost to you and helps in the upkeep of this space.

Thank you for being here all these years—and into the future—as I hold poets to the light.

[/expand]

Exit mobile version