Mary Oliver - I Worried

4 Nov 2014 3:29 PM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

[read in the Winter 2014 MBSR class in Bellingham]

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers 

flow in the right direction, will the earth turn 

as it was taught, and if not how shally 

I correct it? 

 

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven, 

can I do better? 

 

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows 

can do it and I am, well, 

hopeless. 

 

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it, 

am I going to get rheumatism, 

lockjaw, dementia? 

 

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing. 

And gave it up. And took my old body 

and went out into the morning, 

and sang.


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