A Voice from I Don’t Know Where

by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

It seems you love this world very much.
“Yes,” I said. “This beautiful world.”

And you don’t mind the mind, that keeps you busy all the time with its dark and
bright wonderings?
“No, I’m quite used to it. Busy, busy, all the time.”

And you don’t mind living with those questions, I mean the hard ones, that no
one can answer?
“Actually, they’re the most interesting.”

And you have a person in your life whose hand you like to hold?
“Yes, I do.”

It must surely, then, be very happy down there in your heart.
“Yes,” I said. “It is.”

Last updated December 22, 2022