What the spirit reaches for

I have decided

I have decided to find myself a home
in the mountains, somewhere high up
where one learns to live peacefully in
the cold and the silence. It’s said that
in such a place certain revelations may
discovered. That what the spirit
reaches for may be eventually felt, if not
exactly understood. Slowly, no doubt.
I’m not talking about a vacation.
Of course at the same time I mean to
stay exactly where I am.

Are you following me?

Mary Oliver

I’ve never met her, though I think of Mary Oliver as a trusted friend and spiritual counsellor. The poet asks here “Are you following me?” and I respond “I hope so, Mary.” At any rate I am daily resolved to sit awhile, to stay, thereby to find myself a home where “certain revelations may be discovered.”

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