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Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Five

The Place I Want To Get Back To

is where
in the pinewoods
in the moments between
the darkness

and first light
two deer
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me

they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let's see who she is
and why she is sitting

on the ground, like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but, anyway, harmless;

and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way

I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward

and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts bestowed,
can't be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named

(Mary Oliver, "Thirst", Beacon Press, 2006)

For this Friday Five I invite you to offer five gratitudes you recognize in your life.

Link us to your blog with the following code:

<a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a>

For a complete how-to, click here.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


  1. Yeesh! My I Pad refuses to include the last portion of the code for the instructions for linking. So if someone else can add that I'd appreciate it...

  2. I played "short and sweet" here!

  3. I played at

    And I am grateful for all the prayers for J. Thanks, Songbird.

  4. I'm not sure if these are "gratitudes" or just "things I like" but I played.

  5. I played here; thanks for the great topic and the Mary Oliver poem!

  6. Songbird to the rescue! Thank you!

  7. I shared my gratitude at signs-along-the-way.
    Maybe, I'll learn to link properly, well after my trip across the pond.

  8. I've got a page called the gratitude project on my blog

  9. Lady Father, I'll help with the link if you just leave the URL for this post on your blog.

  10. Thanks for the offer Terri: If this doesn't work, then I'll send you my url.

  11. OK, it didn't work, so here is my url

  12. Lady Father, there is something wrong, I couldn't get the link to work, either...and when I go to your blog I don't see the post for today, rather I see one from Aug. 1.


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