One Wild and Precious Life

Rev. Dr. Frances Sink

Today we’ll celebrate the poetry of Mary Oliver (1935-2019) whose keen experience of the natural world created a poetry of presence. She taught many of us how to walk through life with a more attentive gaze and a deeper sense of belonging in the world.  If you have a favorite Mary Oliver  poem to share, or a story, bring it along. 

 I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? 
From “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver