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no longer young, and still not half-perfect

Posted on 2009.13.09 at 12:41
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This was the poem used for the Opening Words at church today. I really love it, especially the wonderful way the minister recited it as an intro to the Water Communion (which next year I will definitely have water for, oh, yes I will).

Mary Oliver

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.

"learning to be astonished" is now officially a tag, and a LJ interest. :D :D


vsee at 2009-09-13 18:32 (UTC) ()
Oh, that's nice. We did water communion last weekend, and it was so interesting to me as someone new to the UU church that I went to two services. It would have been great if they had left it to this weekend...a lot of people weren't back from vacation yet, so attendance was a little thin.

I gotta say that the UU church is going a long way to helping me get rid of unpleasant Catholic symbolism about water. What's the baptism thing called? They did three of these one day, and it was all I could do not to just start sobbing, it was so great, and such an antidote.

Thanks for sharing.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-13 20:02 (UTC) ()
I love how UUs take a summer vacation--most churches I've gone to don't even have their regular minister during the summer and do lay services instead.

UUs rock, in general (and the Fraser-in-my-head is definitely a UU, and not just because I am. ;))

The baptism thing? Hmmm...I'll have to look that up.
spuffyduds at 2009-09-13 19:02 (UTC) ()
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-13 20:02 (UTC) ()
Isn't that great? :D :D
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