i am never done with looking

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Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End?


There are things you can’t reach. But

you can reach out to them, and all day long.


The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.


And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.


The snake slides away; the fish jumps, like a little lily,

out of the water and back in; the goldfinches sing

from the unreachable top of the tree.


I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.


Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around

as though with your arms open.


And thinking: maybe something will come, some

shining coal of wind,

or a few leaves from any old tree –

they are all in this too.


And now I will tell you the truth.

Everything in the world

comes.


At least, closer.


And cordially.


Like the nibbling, tinsel-eyed fish; the unlooping snake.

Like goldfinches, little dolls of gold

fluttering around the corner of the sky


of God, the blue air.



– Mary Oliver

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