Lingering in Happiness

by Mary Oliver

After rain after many days without rain,
it stays cool, private and cleansed, under the trees,
and the dampness there, married now to gravity,
falls branch to branch, leaf to leaf, down to the ground

where it will disappear--but not, of course, vanish
except to our eyes. The roots of the oaks will have their share,
and the white threads of the grasses, and the cushion of moss;
a few drops, round as pearls, will enter the mole's tunnel;

and soon so many small stones, buried for a thousand years,
will feel themselves being touched.

please note: art by Jill Sutton


  1. Mary Oliver is a serious poet indeed. I'd love to read more of her stuff.

  2. I love the poem and the painting. Thank you.

  3. You're welcome:>) I really enjoy Mary Oliver's work. I envision her taking a walk around the block or up to the grocery store and coming home each time to write another masterpiece!

    lakeviewer--I believe this poem is from her collection of poems in Why I Wake Early.

  4. I have many of Mary Oliver's poetry books - she's one of my favorites. (I actually have one of her poems on the sidebar of my blog.) The picture you chose goes with the poem so well.

  5. i must say i have never heard of bad. she writes beautifully.....thanks for sharing, jack c

  6. lovely poem, i too have not come across her work before but am about to google her for more works and bio. Thank you!

  7. Great poetry and great is a wonderful combination.

  8. You find the most incredible art to go with the amazing poetry you find. I love the colors in that painting.

  9. I love Mary Oliver's work - but hadn't read that one. Thanks! (We are having a bit of a spring drought here - just a spurt of rain yesterday, and it did feel like that poem.) Thanks!

  10. Love this poem/poet. Love this blog. Thanks and keep sharing.

  11. I LOVE THIS POEM AND PHOTO! It is so cool and relaxing. Captures the rain and the results so perfectly. I also am new to Mary Oliver. Thank you for the introduction. :)

  12. Mary Oliver is one of my five top poets. And I LOVE that painting!

  13. Beautiful poem and lovely piece of art, too.


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