Praying (poem by Mary Oliver)

 

 

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Irises by Vincent van Gogh
                             2′ 4″ x 3′ 1″, 1889, Oil on canvas                                 J. Paul Getty Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Praying

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”

― Mary Oliver, Thirst

 

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