Live A Life Of Amazement

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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10 thoughts on “Live A Life Of Amazement

  1. Lindsey says:

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

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

  2. What a gorgeous piece Jennifer!
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    1. Kathy, thank you! Isn’t her poetry wonderful?

  3. love
    Mary O.x
    My Inner Chick recently posted…11 Things I’ve Learned Since Your MurderMy Profile

    1. Me too! Such an amazing poet.

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