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Can You Marry Amazement?

posted by chattering mind

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

Mary Oliver



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Kathy

posted July 11, 2006 at 3:58 pm


“Taking the world into my arms.” That’s a great thought……….>



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daria

posted July 11, 2006 at 9:49 pm


CM, I’m curious to know what prompted you to post this except. It’s so deeply personal for me, I actually *gasped* a little when I saw it, as if you’d read my diary without permission. :) This poem was instrumental in a decision I once made between security and faith. Its imagery tapped into the anxiety and expectancy I had been entertaining for months, like some uninvited guests. As I meditated on the words of When Death Comes, change became more pressing, an imperative. I made my choice. So, in Ms. Oliver’s honor, here is the poem in full. When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering: what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy, and as singular, and each name a comfortable music in the mouth, tending, as all music does, toward silence, and each body a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth. When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. # # #>



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sylvia schwartz

posted July 13, 2006 at 3:16 pm


What an inspiring poem..I am 77 years old and today it is making me rethink my life. I thank her for that. We get too comfortable with the ordinary stuff. But when you realize that today….its not too late.. Thanks again./sylvia>



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