Saturday, May 9, 2009
Another Poem from Mary Oliver
This poem below by Mary Oliver is a delectable pairing with Suzuki-roshi's quote from yesterday about bugs being Buddhists, too.
I first read this poem last month when I was vacationing in Mendocino. It has lodged itself in my brain since then. In a pleasant way, despite being a thought that borders on intrusive.
Thanks to this poem, animals feel like closer relatives....
Here it is:
Almost a Conversation
I have not really, not yet, talked with otter
about his life.
He has so many teeth, he has trouble
Wherefore our understanding
is all body expression—
he swims like the sleekest fish,
he dives and exhales and lifts a trail of bubbles.
Little by little he trusts my eyes
and my curious body sitting on the shore.
Sometimes he comes close.
I admire his whiskers
and his dark fur which I would rather die than wear.
He has no words, still what he tells about his life
He does not own a computer.
He imagines the river will last forever.
He does not envy the dry house I live in.
He does not wonder who or what it is that I worship.
He wonders, morning after morning, that the river
is so cold and fresh and alive, and still
I don't jump in.
from her book, Evidence