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: 11

  • Shahzad

    January 4, 2024

    Mary Oliver’s words resonate deeply, urging us to embrace life with awe and presence. Your affinity for her poetry is evident, and this piece beautifully encapsulates the essence of cherishing every moment, avoiding a life merely as a visitor. Inspiring reflections, thank you for sharing.

  • 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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