Alison Cassidy
Melbourne, Australia
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Wild Geese By Mary Oliver

Rating: 4.2
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
In the family of things.
Anonymous 25 May 2019
Please don’t say by Alyson Cassidy when the poem is clearly written by Mary Oliver
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Oluwatosin Thomas 06 March 2019
Nicely penned, poweful structure, well punctuated
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Sochukwu Ivye 05 October 2017
Awesome piece. Just Awesome.
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Ann Beard 22 November 2015
Very lovely thank you.
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Bharati Nayak 01 May 2015
We sometimes feel low, worthless and lonely, but the world offers every body his rightful place on.this globe. We only should be our natural self to make anything great.It is a poem of hope.Great work.
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Mike Frelk 14 September 2009
The poem brings out the best of your imagination. You can imagin every discription of the poem. The poem makes you think about the good things in life, and even though you might be in dispair; the sun will still be shining, and the world will always be turning, and do what you love to do. Ultimatly you should always look on the bright side of life, and you always have a place in the world, and that you were put on this earth for a reason.
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Sal Gard 14 September 2009
The world is both good and bad. But we are a part of it and we can not sit on the side. Sometimes we see the evil and decide to hide. That we can not do. We have to be strong and try to make a difference. We have to do something no matter how small it seems, is actually big. Great poem. Hopefully I understood it right
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Lucio Hernandez 14 September 2009
I feel a big connection with this poem because i share the the same thoughts with the author. this poem is wise and hopeful, it encourages us to look for a distraction when we have problems. being sad will not change anything.there is a lot of good things out there that can make us feel better about our despair. As she said, the world goes on, sometimes i feel depressed and most of the time i find a disctaction in nature that's why i feel connected to this poem.
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Larry Davenport 14 September 2009
John spoke of the 'tone' of the laungage. I feel that his comment speaks of how poetry touches the reader.
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Julie Jennings 14 September 2009
I like this poem becasue its a reminder that no matter what despair you go through the world goes on. You can be stuck in the same place in time on the same issue but the world is still functioning waiting for you to rejoin. The world can be an outlet to rid you of dispair. No matter how ugly we may see the world as it has much more beauty to offer that goes unseen. I agree with brian when he mentions that everyone gets caught up in peoblems and this poem hopefully, helps people to realize that sometimes you have to look at the greater picture.
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