Nothing Is Too Small Not to Be Wondered About

by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

The cricket doesn’t wonder if there’s a heaven
or, if there is, if there’s room for him.

It’s fall. Romance is over. Still, he sings.
If he can, he enters a house
through the tiniest crack under the door.
Then the house grows colder.

He sings slower and slower.
Then, nothing.

This must mean something, I don’t know what.
But certainly it doesn’t mean he hasn’t been an excellent cricket all his life

Last updated December 22, 2022