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Meanwhile...

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

Artist's Description


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things
…Mary Olivier.
No you don’t have to suffer needlessly, beating yourself up over past deeds, mistakes, experiences…because all the while the universe unfolds as it should…the sun rises and sets as always and the tides ebb and flow in their daily rhythm…you are part of them, the poet says, part of the skies, the trees and the water…part of "the family of things"…


Watercolour on Arches Not Paper

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