Poetry Day 14 – “tell me” says Mary Oliver

In “The Summer Day,” Mary Oliver begins with “Who made the world?” and leaves us with this question:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Ever since I’ve read these words, I am unable to forget this question.  There is a kind of urgency in the words, “Tell me.”  And there is invitation, too, in this gentle command. We hear this also in Oliver’s “Wild Geese” – “Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.”

How could we refuse Oliver’s invitation for conversation?


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