One Wild and Precious Life

19 Mar

This is the first day of the most terrible week. But it’s also the week that all of you who loved Ana will be thinking of her, missing her, and reminding me that her life, no matter how fleeting, had an impact in this world.

Every day this week, I’m going to post a photo of Ana with an excerpt from a poem I love (not my own poetry). And, of course, I’ll be folding cranes. #cranesforana

The Summer Day (excerpt)
by Mary Oliver

“I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through
the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”