Wild Geese (from “Dreamwork”)

This poem is in Mary Oliver’s Dreamwork. Read it and listen to it here. You could even learn it by heart! It goes without saying we would love to hear from you then: Did you enjoy the poem? What did it make you feel when you read it? What do you think it means?

Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


One response to “Wild Geese (from “Dreamwork”)

  1. Hi people,
    In my opinion the poem is very interesting to make a reflection of what life is or, better them this, a reflection of how we should face life. Sometimes we spend our time thinking about some no important events and forget to take care of real important things. Life is short and we should live every day as it was the last! We should find a place in the world to be important, to enjoy, to have fun! Do you agree with me?

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