I Want to Write Something So Simply

May 9, 2009 Categories: Commonplace Book , Poetry | 3 Comments  


I want to write something
so simply
about love
or about pain
that even
as you are reading
you feel it
and as you read it
you keep feeling it
and though it might be my story
it will be common,
though it be singular
it will be known to you
so that by the end
you will think -
no, you will realize –
that it was all the while
yourself arranging the words,
that it was all the time
words that you yourself,
out of your own heart
had been saying.

~ by Mary Oliver, from Evidence: Poems


  1. Mother Mayhem



  2. carrie

    Lisa – it is, isn’t it?

  3. Mother Mayhem

    I’ve never read that before. It really touched me. So glad that you shared it! :o )