The Journey.  A poem by Mary Oliver, Illustration by Allison Hillier

My absolute most favorite poem. The Journey. A poem by Mary Oliver, Illustration by Allison Hillier

If you agree with most of these gardening quotes, you are definitely a true gardener!

Gardening Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Someone I loved once gave me  a box full of darkness.  It took me years to understand  that this too, was a gift.  - Mary Oliver      beautiful

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. - Mary Oliver beautiful The gift is you

Illustration by Katie Daisy. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one WILD and PRECIOUS life?" - Mary Oliver

Katie Daisy: This Wild & Precious Life - Mary Oliver - from The Summer Day poem

It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world ~Mary Oliver #illustration by Lisa Congdon

On Change

"It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world." ~Mary Oliver (Art by Lisa Congdon) .

"From the complications of loving you I think there is no end or return. No answer, no coming out of it.  Which is the only way to love, isn't it? This isn't a playground, this is earth, our heaven, for a while.  Therefore I have given precedence to all my sudden, sullen, dark moods that hold you in the center of my world.  And I say to my body: grow thinner still. And I say to my fingers, type me a pretty song, And I say to my heart: rave on." --Mary Oliver, Thirst

and i say to my body: grow thinner still. and i say to my fingers, type me a pretty song. and i say to my heart: rave on.

It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world

It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world mary oliver

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed ~Mary Oliver

Happy Holidays & Thank You

Lisa Congdon - floral ring - roald dahl tattoo (also, the quote here too)

Sometimes. You can handle the dealing when your the card player. Play the hand and if it sucks bluff so others can read. Poker face. My darling; Poker face!

what i want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled-- to case aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world

You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever give anyone else the responsibility for your life. — Mary Oliver

Quotables

The celebrated poet and author reminds us of what's really important with these beautiful, sage lines from her new book, Upstream. These quotes were excerpted from Upstream: Selected Essays, by Mary Oliver.

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