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Today’s guest poet: Mary Oliver

Where Does The Dance Begin, Where Does It End?

Don’t call this world adorable, or useful, that’s not it.
It’s frisky, and a  theater for more than fair winds.
The eyelash of lightning is neither good nor evil.
The struck tree burns like a pillar of gold.
But the blue rain sinks, straight to the white
feet of the trees
whose mouths open.
Doesn’t the wind, turning in circles, invent the dance?
Haven’t the flowers moved, slowly, across Asia, then Europe,
until at last, now, they shine
in your own yard?
Don’t call this world an explanation, or even an education.
When the Sufi poet whirled, was he looking
outward, to the mountains so solidly there
in a white-capped ring, or was he looking
to the center of everything: the seed, the egg, the idea
that was also there,
beautiful as a thumb
curved and touching the finger, tenderly,
little love-ring,
as he whirled,
oh jug of breath,
in the garden of dust?

Note: I dedicate today’s poem to a blog friend Mary Julia Oliver, who was diagnosed with cancer in March. She expected to have 1-2 years of life left, but passed away after only three months. She was a teacher, mother, poet, and beautiful soul, and I’m sorry we didn’t have more time to come to know one another. I hope we do in the next go-round.

Today’s photo of the day is a little different.  It’s to send a blessing to the missing Colorado girl, Jessica Ridgeway.  A picture of her is also below – please be vigilant for her, as she might be anywhere by now. And please keep this little girl and her family in  your prayers, and hope that whoever took her has the courage to set her free.

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

PLEASE! SPREAD THE WORD! SHARE HER PICTURE! POST IT IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE THAT YOU CAN! WE CAN FIND THIS LITTLE GIRL!

Quote of the day: “It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to recify mistakes.”  —  George Washington

Daily gratitudes:
How our Colorado community pulls together in times of trouble
Volunteers
Hope
My own daughter
Leaving a light on

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