Reading Archive (Poems)

When Death Comes

Mary Oliver

When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox when...

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204K reads, 61 comments

I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

Dawna Markova

I will not die an unlived life I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loose...

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160K reads, 24 comments

Call Me by My True Names

Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive. Look deeply: I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile, le...

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137K reads, 26 comments

The Call

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

I have heard it all my life, A voice calling a name I recognized as my own. Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper. Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency. But always it says: Wak...

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29K reads, 22 comments

Remember

Joy Harjo

Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories. Remember the moon, know who she...

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28K reads, 10 comments

The Gift of New Eyes

Rachel Naomi Remen

Many years ago, I had just given a talk on the messages, both positive and negative, that we convey to our patients without our awareness; sometimes with words but often with just our tone of voice, o...

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24K reads, 5 comments

When Someone Deeply Listens To You

John Fox

When someone deeply listens to you it is like holding out a dented cup you've had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water. When it balances on top of the brim, you are...

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21K reads, 21 comments

Dandelion Has My Smile

Thich Nhat Hanh

If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? ...

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21K reads, 3 comments

Organic Gift

Parker Palmer

Years ago, I heard Dorothy Day speak. Founder of the Catholic Worker movement, her long-term commitment to living among the poor on New York's Lower East Side - had made her one of my heroes. So i...

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16K reads, 19 comments

Letter to A Friend in A Hurry

Pierre Pradervand

You are at a crossroads, sensing there are less worldly paths you can follow, paths that feed on profound inner peace, a more encompassing joy, ever-renewed freshness of vision and inspiration, a more...

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14K reads, 7 comments