14 October 2014

“To Begin With, the Sweet Grass”

Someday I am going to ask my friend Paulus,
the dancer, the potter,
to make me a begging bowl
which I believe
my soul needs.

And if I come to you,
to the door of your comfortable house
with unwashed clothes and unclean fingernails,
will you put something into it?

I would like to take this chance.
I would like to give you this chance.

--“To Begin With, the Sweet Grass” by Mary Oliver from ‘Evidence’ © Beacon, 2009

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