felicity coverEvery so often I pull a book of poetry from the shelf. Today I pulled down a newly purchased book from the Fort Myers shelf,  “Felicity“, from the latest collection by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Mary Oliver.

Then, like stabbing a finger to a map to choose a chance destination, I flipped the book open to a random page. Without judgment or censorship, I share what I found there with you.

Today’s  random poem: That Tall Distance at page 37.

I’d love to hear what you think, your reactions, what feelings or memories the piece evokes:


That tall distance where
the clouds begin,
the forge that pounds out the lightening
and the black porch where the stars
are dressed in light
and arrangement is made for the moon’s path –
it’s these I think of now, after

a lifetime of goldfinches,
meandering streams,
lambs playing,
the passionate hands of the sun,
the coolness under the trees
talking leaf to leaf,
the foxes and the otters sliding on the snow,
the dolphins for whom no doubt
the seas were created,
the spray of swallows gathering in autumn –
after all of that
the tall distance is what I think of now.

Publisher: The Penguin Press
ISBN: 978 1 59420 676 4

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