Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"Cold Poem" by Mary Oliver

Cold now.
Close to the edge. Almost
unbearable. Clouds
bunch up and boil down
from the north of the white bear.
This tree-splitting morning
I dream of his fat tracks,
the lifesaving suet.

I think of summer with its luminous fruit,
blossoms rounding to berries, leaves,
handfuls of grain.

Maybe what cold is, is the time
we measure the love we have always had, secretly,
for our own bones, the hard knife-edged love
for the warm river of the I, beyond all else; maybe

that is what it means the beauty
of the blue shark cruising toward the tumbling seals.

In the season of snow,
in the immeasurable cold,
we grow cruel but honest; we keep
ourselves alive,
if we can, taking one after another
the necessary bodies of others, the many
crushed red flowers.


Meg said...

Mary Oliver...is my favorite. And so are you. And so is this amazing poem that i reread again and again...and I can't seem to take in enough. And thank you for sharing.

meg said...

You are welcome. :) Yeah, I love Mary Oliver. I only wish I could write half as good as she.

cinnamon girl said...

for some reason that poem just made me cry. and made me remember that crying actually feels nice.