I have read Mary Olivers Peony poem over and over and over again. I cannot get enough of her words, her thoughts, her feelings. They resonate with me. It seems to me to be a poem about all this is possible in the world, all that is possible in our tiny selves and all that is possible in our one small life. At the same time telling us (or perhaps reminding us) that we are everything, every thing, every single small or large or medium sized thing. Every bit, every parcel, every single thing-large or small-on this planet.
We are every thing…
and then...we burn out in a trice!
In a flash!
we are done.
I so hope the Buddhists are correct and we return…and that karma is true and we find ourselves in a better, happier place. I have a feeling I am almost there, just not quite yet, that, perhaps, the next lifetime, will be it.
So far…so close.
I love that she wrote “Do you adore the green grass with it’s terror beneath?”
Reminding me that with beauty and happiness-which open your heart, indeed give you an open heart, you must “gird” yourself to the inevitable sadness, badness, cruelty, inequity in the world. Gird yourself to all things that are unfair. To adore the green grass you must adore the terror beneath. If you cannot adore the terror, you close yourself up-avoiding the terror for sure, but also avoiding the green grass, the peonies, the buttery fingers of the sun, the fragrance-tipped air.