:: I worried…. by Mary Oliver ::

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the river
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
hopeless.

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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7 Responses to :: I worried…. by Mary Oliver ::

  1. Gypsy Bev says:

    Sometimes we have to experience the darkness to appreciate the light. Then worries are no longer a concern – just live and enjoy each moment.

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  2. kenneturner says:

    Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:
    I love her words on life, but like most artists, she probably wrestled with darkness, which is where she found the fountain of words within herself. — kenne

    Liked by 1 person

  3. wonderful. most especially the drawing-it captures the feeling of the poem.

    Liked by 1 person

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