“Praying” by Mary Oliver


If doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but a doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.


Mary Oliver, 1935-2019

“Praying” from Thirst
© 2006 by Mary Oliver

Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

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