Live A Life Of Amazement

Posted on April 10, 2014 by

Sunset and full moon over Lake Tahoe

Sunset and full moon over Lake Tahoe

When it’s over,
I want to say:
All my life I was a bride
Married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom,
Taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over,
I don’t want to wonder
If I have made my life
Something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself
Sighing and frightened,
Or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply
Having visited this world.

~ Mary Oliver

I love, love, love Mary Oliver, and this poem – well, it is just perfect for right now. I don’t want to live my life wondering if I lived as a visitor in the world; I want to live a life of presence, of joy, of amazement.

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Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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Comments: 10

  • The Lily - mamawolfe

    September 13, 2016

    […] love Mary Oliver and her tremendous ability to weave language and nature and wisdom into a braid of enlightenment. The ‘patience of vegetables and saints’ – yes, yes, yes. The perfect […]

  • Pay Attention - mamawolfe

    September 19, 2014

    […] shared Mary Oliver poetry before…I love, love, love her poetry, and this one seemed such a simple […]

  • Lindsey

    April 10, 2014

    Yes. Me too. Oh, yes. That picture is glorious. And that is one of my favorite poems. ox

    • Jennifer Wolfe

      April 12, 2014

      I never get tired of reading Mary Oliver. Such wisdom, such beauty. Lake Tahoe is glorious- have you ever been there?

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