Something Found

July 6, 2010 § 4 Comments

Didi explores in Kampar - July 2010

The Summer Day – Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA


§ 4 Responses to Something Found

  • Dionysios says:

    Hi Jiawen,
    a nice poem: appreciating the simple things and respecting it all. It your dog really named Didi? ‘Cause that’s my nickname too. Well it’s also just Dee. Funny, no? Anyway, nice to see you are making fun things.


  • inkypots says:

    Hey Dee!

    I am spending some time out of the city with my dog… it’s beautiful here, limestone caves and river and lots of good cheap food. And yes, her name really is Didi – it means ‘sister’ in hindi i’ve been told. Now i’m gonna be thinking of you the next time I holler her name 🙂 jw

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