Another year gone


Photo 2014, Jeremy Greenhouse


Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,

the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows, unmattering back

from the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere

except underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castle

of unobservable mysteries – roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. This

I try to remember when time’s measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn

flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay – how everything lives, shifting

from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.

– Mary Oliver

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5 Responses to Another year gone

  1. Michele Bergh November 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Oh I just love Mary Oliver and the image Jeremy took is beautiful!

  2. Hallelujah Truth November 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Oh I how love the time for “unobservable mysteries.” Thanks for this fall poem and the beautiful accompanying image.

  3. Deborah Weber November 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    What a lovely poem and one I’ve not read before. What a treat. And such a gorgeous photo!

  4. Nancy Jambor November 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    I love Mary Oliver and I haven’t seen this poem before. Thanks for sharing it Rachel!

  5. Amy Joy November 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Beautiful. Thank you Rachel!

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