(Panhala) Almost a Conversation by Mary Oliver
- Almost a ConversationI have not really, not yet, talked with otter
about his life.He has so many teeth, he has trouble
with vowels.Wherefore our understanding
is all body expression he swims like the sleekest fish,
he dives and exhales and lifts a trail of bubbles.
Little by little he trusts my eyes
and my curious body sitting on the shore.Sometimes he comes close.
I admire his whiskers
and his dark fur which I would rather die than wear.He has no words, still what he tells about his life
He does not own a computer.
He imagines the river will last forever.
He does not envy the dry house I live in.
He does not wonder who or what it is that I worship.
He wonders, morning after morning, that the river
is so cold and fresh and alive, and still
I don't jump in.~ Mary Oliver ~(Evidence)Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Almost_a_Conversation.htmlWeb archive of Panhala postings: www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.htmlTo subscribe to Panhala, send a blank email to Panhalafirstname.lastname@example.org