Having a rough week? And/or: Are a lady? This one’s for you

If you’re in a hurry, scan down, because that first 5 lines of Wild Geese might be something you really, really need to hear today.

Before then – a short, excellent story along with something that’ll make you want to punch the air and take to the streets. Seriously, it’s one of the best things you’ve ever heard.

It’s national poetry month, so here are two of my favourites.

1. A big hero of mine, one of the most charismatic, articulate and smart ladies I’ve ever seen speak, Dominique Christina.

(the story is first, so if you’re tight on time, just listen to that bit. She is a delight):

2. And secondly, Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese.

Those first five lines have got me through some tough times. Below, you can hear her, reading it, and here it is written:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Thank you so much for reading. If you know someone who you think would enjoy either poem – maybe the Mary Oliver for someone who’s having a rough day, or the Dominique Christina for, I don’t know, ANY WOMAN YOU KNOW (or people who are interested in women), you can share this using one of the round buttons below.

You rule!

xx (Yes Yes) Marsha

 

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4 Comments

  • Rose

    Reply Reply April 19, 2017

    Dear Marsha

    Thank you so much for sharing Wild Geese. It is absolutely beautiful. I have saved it on my computer so I can go back to it whenever I feel the need.

    Thanks, Rose x

    • Marsha (Yes Yes Marsha)

      Rose!!

      It always makes me SO HAPPY to gift this poem to someone who hadn’t known it before. It’s a life-saver, isn’t it?

      Thanks so much for letting me know, and making my day!

      xxyyM

  • Sabine

    Reply Reply April 27, 2017

    Hi Marsha,

    Thanks. I’m not having a rough week, but I am a woman, and a poet, and I delight in what you’ve shared.
    Listening to Christina, I could feel my inner warrior rise. Yeah! I can go for anything with that spirit!
    And then, Wild Geese inspired me with gentleness and compassion.

    I believe we can be both: gentle warriors.
    Thanks for reminding me.

    Sabine

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