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8118(Panhala) A Poem by Mary Oliver

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  • wdestiny44@aol.com
    Jun 2, 2011
      Here is a story
      to break your heart.
      Are you willing?
      This winter
      the loons came to our harbor
      and died, one by one,
      of nothing we could see.
      A friend told me
      of one on the shore
      that lifted its head and opened
      the elegant beak and cried out
      in the long, sweet savoring of its life
      which, if you have heard it,
      you know is a sacred thing,
      and for which, if you have not heard it,
      you had better hurry to where
      they still sing.
      And, believe me, tell no one
      just where that is.
      The next morning
      this loon, speckled
      and iridescent and with a plan
      to fly home
      to some hidden lake,
      was dead on the shore.
      I tell you this
      to break your heart,
      by which I mean only
      that it break open and never close again
      to the rest of the world.
      ~ Mary Oliver ~
      (New and Slected Poems Volume Two)
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