Ardent Eden

Ardent Eden is a place to explore my thoughts about the interdependence of life - humanity and nature - and to engage with others for collective problem-solving.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

A Pause for Gratitude

Since we've toned the consumerism of Christmas way down, our little family is free to celebrate the holiday tonight and tomorrow enjoying the simplest of pleasures: a walk on this unseasonably warm winter day, a delicious meal and a glass of wine this evening, gratitude for the profound blessings of the past year, and hope for the year to come. We'll also be visiting a homebound elderly person tomorrow morning through a local organization. Bringing a little warmth to another is the very best of the holiday season.

As you enjoy the holiday buzz of the next two days, some words from Mary Oliver that make me pause and fill me with the wonder and light of nature and love. Amid the problems that mire the world, beauty can sustain us. Happy Holidays!

The Sun

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
have you ever felt for anything

such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?


  • At 5:10 PM, Blogger Laurie said…

    This is a beautiful poem. I enjoyed some gorgeous sunsets the last three days. I keep meaning to check out or find a used copy of Mary Oliver's poetry, because each time I read or hear one they always touch my heart.

  • At 11:00 PM, Blogger lauren said…

    Hey Laurie. I'm glad that you saw some beautiful sunsets on your vacation! I find myself returning to my Mary Oliver collection time and time again.


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