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Sea Cape Cod by Michael Mosier

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February 2, 2010

Snow Dune

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:50 am

On a cool start to the morning here in Osterville, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, I thought I might offer another poem written by a local artist named Mary Oliver.  Ms. Oliver won the Pulitzer prize for poetry and the National Book Award.  Not too shabby.  In the immortal words written on Bill Murray’s tee-shirt in the movie, “What about Bob”, “Don’t hassle me, I’m a local!”– the poem I’m about to present to you is called,

“Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End?”

There are things you can’t reach.  But you can reach out to them, and all day long.

The wind, the bird flying away.  The idea of God.

And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.

The snake slide away; the fish jumps, like a little lily, out of the water and back in; the goldfinches sing from the unreachable top of a tree.

I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.

Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around as though with your arms wide open.

And thinking: maybe something will come, some shining coil of wind, or a few leaves from an old tree–they are all in this too.

And now I will tell you the truth.  Everything in this world comes.

At least closer.

And, cordially.

Like the nibbling, tinsel-eyed fish; the unlooping snake.  Like goldfinches, like dolls of gold

fluttering around the corner of the sky

of God, the blue air.

From the chilly air of Cape Cod and the Islands, may you have a GOOD Tuesday morning.

Peace~ M

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