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Happy Solstice

It’s the longest day of the year, friends, and I’d like to welcome it with this beautiful poem by Mary Oliver. I hope you will enjoy it, and this day, and this season.

I Worried
I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?
Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

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  1. Singing along with you on this beautiful June day Carole! Thank-you for that lovely poem.

  2. Thank you, Carole, this is a great poem and a great reminder. If only it was that easy…

  3. I think one thing I have learned from Mary Oliver is that I can always look to nature to be calmed and reassured. Happy Solstice!

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