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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.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
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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Cris Smith 14 September 2009

I would like to comment on Patricia's comment. I completely agree with the wise and almost ancient sentiment. It has a quality of the reverent type. It worshiping the nature in it's description of it. While it still make you connect by saying we are in that family. It tells of the despair that some feel when they do not realise the connection to all things. Once you realize the circle of life and nature and how you are part of it you are secure in your place. It make me feel not so lonely. It makes the worry of today not seem so significant in the whole sceme of things.

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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

I feel this poem speaks to most everyone. It says that we should not let the issue's that come up in day to day life bog us down. Sometime's we can become over-whelmed by our problems, letting life pass us by. It reminds me of an old adage, 'Don't sweat the small stuff'.

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Brian Mooney 14 September 2009

This is a great poem, because everyone feels despair. However, you have to remeber that your problems will not change the course of the world, and the world will keep spinning. The hardest thing for most people to do is look past their problems and see the beauty that really lies within this great Earth. Everyone gets caught caught up problems, but for me this poem reminds me that there are bigger things out there then the problems we face. I agree with everyone this poem is absolutely amazing. Also, I completely agree with joesph, I am looking forward to more to come.

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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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