“You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over, because it might take too long. Wherever you are, right now, in this moment, you can start.” ―
Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches of other lives?
Tried to imagine what the crisp fringes, full of honey, hanging from the branches of the young locust trees, in early morning feel like?
Do you think this world was only an entertainment for you?
Never to enter the sea and notice how the water divides
with perfect courtesy, to let you in!
Never to lie down on the grass, as though you were grass!
Never to leap to the air as you open your wings over the dark acorn of your heart?
No wonder we hear, in your mournful voice, the complaint
that something is missing from your life!
Who can open the door who does not reach for the latch?
Who can travel the miles who does not put one foot
in front of the other, all attentive to what presents itself
Who will behold the inner chamber who has not observed with admiration, even with rapture, the outer stone?
Well, there is time left….
fields everywhere invite you into them.
And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away from wherever you are, to look for your soul?
Quickly, then, get up, put on your coat, leave your desk!
Mary Oliver – “Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches?”
24 thoughts on “Have you Ever?”
Oh Mary, I just love you.l..
How can we not love her? She opens every door in nature, to teach us what we have forgotten. Just beautiful 🙏🏻
Amid city life , this work of yours is like a breeze of fresh air. Keep at it.
Thank you! Your comment is appreciated. 🙏🏻🌈
A perfect moment for us and DK💛
Thank you Val! 💕🌈
Oh, Mary Oliver gets me every time. Thank you:).
Me too Kay! Every time 💚💕🌈
MO has such a beautiful way of seeing into the heart of nature. Beautiful!
She really does Eliza! I went and layed on the grass and imagined I was the grass and it was very special! 💕🌻
So beautiful. Thanks Karen.
MO is amazing 🌈🌺🌻
This is a great, timely post for me to read 🙂 I’ve been getting deeper and deeper in to work, and battling this feeling of making time for myself and then I read the opening quote: “You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over, because it might take too long. Wherever you are, right now, in this moment, you can start.” It is necessary to really experience the world in order to understand both yourself and your place in it. Cheers to a great week ahead, Karen.
That’s it Randall! Deep down we all long to belong and be deeply connected to everyone and everything. Thank you for your comment and have a great week too 🌈☀️
Karen, Great!, In a most round about yet clear way this writer is telling us to get off our butts, before the train leaves the station.
Well said Alan! 😀 and yes, Life is short and the train wil not wait for those who procrastinate 🙏🏻
Oh YES! 🙂
Thank you Ka 💚💕🌈
to do 🙂
It is! Thank you David 🌈☀️
Lovely writeup. I really enjoyed it
Thank you 💕💚