Saturday Links of the Week — March 1, 2008

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Thought for the Week: Poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver, passed on by Jen Lemen:

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 ’Äì
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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4 Responses to Saturday Links of the Week — March 1, 2008

  1. Amanda says:

    So many of Alanis Morissette’s songs are like poetry. And I think that makes the best kind of music…

  2. Paul says:

    Yes, they’re poetry, and so many of them have “psychological” themes like “That I Would Be Good”. They are about recognizing emotional obstacles and, at least implicit in some songs, moving beyond them. This is one of the bright lights found in a few small corners of the mass media. Long live Alanis!

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