Mary Oliver: The Morning Paper


Read one newspaper daily (the morning edition
      is the best
for by evening you know that you at least
      have lived through another day)
and let the disasters, the unbelievable
      yet approved decisions,
soak in.

I don’t need to name the countries,
      ours is among them.

What keeps us from falling down, or faces
      to the ground; ashamed, ashamed?


Mary Oliver: After I Fall Down the Stairs

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After I Fall Down the Stairs 
                At the Golden Temple
For a while I could not remember some word
    I was in need of,
and I was bereaved and said: where are you,
    beloved friend?
                          –Mary Oliver, from A Thousand Mornings