The Wild Geese

Posted by John Helm on

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 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 Oliver
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Neither Man nor Beast

Posted by Caroline Liberty on

So they say women are better shoppers than men, and I have to agree. Or, at least, women are better endurance shoppers. Case in point: John and I take several buying trips a year to NYC, where we spend days on end walking and walking and walking, from the hotel to the shows, endless miles of show aisles, and from the shows out to eat and back to the hotel. Last time we took Chickpea along to the Coterie show because those fashionistas love a cute dog. Witness then, the photos I snapped in our hotel room over the course of three consecutive evenings. Apparently all that walking and looking and choosing can take it out of a guy — and his dog!



As I was the only one left awake to take pictures, I guess that means I win? And, no, I didn’t share these with John until after we were home.

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