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Daisies: Poem by Mary Oliver

Woman in a field of daisies

 

Daisies

It is possible, I suppose that sometime
we will learn everything
there is to learn: what the world is, for example,
and what it means. I think this as I am crossing
from one field to another, in summer, and the
mockingbird is mocking me, as one who either
knows enough already or knows enough to be
perfectly content not knowing. Song being born
of quest he knows this: he must turn silent
were he suddenly assaulted with answers. Instead
oh hear his wild, caustic, tender warbling ceaselessly
unanswered. At my feet the white-petalled daisies display
the small suns of their center piece, their – if you don’t
mind my saying so – their hearts. Of course
I could be wrong, perhaps their hearts are pale and
narrow and hidden in the roots. What do I know?
But this: it is heaven itself to take what is given,
to see what is plain; what the sun lights up willingly;
for example – I think this
as I reach down, not to pick but merely to touch –
the suitability of the field for the daisies, and the
daisies for the field.

— Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early

 
Woman dancing in field of daisies

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole Maylander
    May 13, 2024 at 1:38 pm

    Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Nicole. 🙂

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    Rosie
    May 13, 2024 at 3:32 pm

    Profound and lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Rosie. 🙂

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    Ann
    May 13, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    This is lovely! The imagery of the daisies with their “small suns” at their center is beautiful and evocative. The way the poem contemplates the mysteries of the world and the idea that perhaps some things are best left unknown is thought-provoking. It’s a reminder to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world around us, even if we don’t have all the answers.

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      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you Ann. I am such a Mary Oliver fan. Will share more of her poetry.

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    Debbie
    May 13, 2024 at 8:25 pm

    Very beautiful poem. I enjoyed reading and appreciate you sharing it with us.

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      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Debbie. 🙂

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    Lauren Maker
    May 14, 2024 at 6:41 am

    So beautiful.
    Absolutely loved this!
    Thank you for sharing!

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      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you my beautiful friend. 🙂

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    pedja
    May 14, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    Fascinating poem, and very motivating. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Pedja. 🙂

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    Mallory
    May 15, 2024 at 1:30 am

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you Mallory. 🙂

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    Smiley
    May 16, 2024 at 8:47 am

    What a lovely poem, and I love daisies! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      May 16, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much Smiley. 🙂

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