I know, you never intended to be in this world.
But you’re in it all the same.
So why not get started immediately.
I mean, belonging to it.
There is so much to admire, to weep over.
And to write music or poems about.
Bless the feet that take you to and fro.
Bless the eyes and the listening ears.
Bless the tongue, the marvel of taste.
You could live a hundred years, it’s happened.
I am speaking from the fortunate platform
of many years,
none of which, I think, I ever wasted.
Do you need a prod?
Do you need a little darkness to get you going?
~ Mary Oliver THE FOURTH SIGN OF THE ZODIAC (PART 3)
When Tommy left, I found solace in Mary Oliver poetry, over & over again. I would paint her words on canvases, read then in yoga classes- glimpse at them upon waking/before going to bed . In consequence- I got to know and believe that my world wasn’t falling apart- it was transitioning, it was recalibrating. She helped me see that darkness was indeed a gift. Read that again. “Do you need a little darkness to get you going?”. She’s helped me understand & enhance so much of my world; the dance of dualities, nature, love & loss. One of favourite, and highlighted in Ep. 5 of #tommytinkerforever @cbcnsDocumentary: « Are you just breathing a little and calling it a life? »
But perhaps, and most importantly - her essays - which didn’t only tell me, make that ORDERED me to always give power & time to my art for if not, I would die inside.
I’ll listen Mary!
For time is eternal.
From the bottom of mine and Tommy’s truth, thank you.
E ⭐️ @estelle.thomson.art#captureyourgrief #poetryisalive#maryoliver #powerfulwords