Thursday, July 19, 2012

how to be idle and blessed

i don't know exactly what a prayer is. 

i do know how to pay attention, to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields.

which is what i have been doing all day.

tell me, what else should i have done?

doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

-mary oliver
the summer day