You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your bodylove what it loves.Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.Meanwhile the world goes on.Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rainare moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-over and over announcing your placeIn the family of things. Awesome poem, thank you for sharing it! While it still make you connect by saying we are in that family. Absolutely wonder- full. Especially since they're flying up from the underworld with a Hero(ine) 's message. Something told the wild geese It was time to go; Though the fields lay golden Something whispered, - 'snow'. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. This poem has not been translated into any other language yet. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Everyone gets caught caught up problems, but for me this poem reminds me that there are bigger things out there then the problems we face. I read this poem for the first time over ten years ago. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain Hopefully I understood it right. Also, I completely agree with joesph, I am looking forward to more to come. Thank you for sharing it. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, Stunned silent without even a poetic word to utter about it. You only have to let the soft animal of your body. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in the family of things. Leaves were green and stirring, Berries, luster-glossed, But beneath warm feathers Something cautioned, - 'frost'. I agree with everyone this poem is absolutely amazing. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. We sometimes feel low, worthless and lonely, but the world offers every body his rightful place on.this globe. Meanwhile the world goes on. Copyright © 2008 - 2020 . On January 1, 2014 August 17, 2015 By Christina's Words In Poetry. John spoke of the 'tone' of the laungage. Once you realize the circle of life and nature and how you are part of it you are secure in your place. I think some midnight Will. I completely agree with the wise and almost ancient sentiment. Something told the wild geese It was time to go. I feel that his comment speaks of how poetry touches the reader. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. It reminds me of an old adage, 'Don't sweat the small stuff'. i love the tone of the language. As she said, the world goes on, sometimes i feel depressed and most of the time i find a disctaction in nature that's why i feel connected to this poem. The world can be an outlet to rid you of dispair. are heading home again. The poem makes you think about the good things in life, and even though you might be in dispair; the sun will still be shining, and the world will always be turning, and do what you love to do. You do not have to walk on your knees It has a quality of the reverent type. Love, You only have to let the soft animal of your body I look forward to seeing more. I feel this poem speaks to most everyone. love what it loves. This is a great poem, because everyone feels despair. ceremony with incense, candles, and chanting must have been involved in this.. Wow, this is so wise and seems almost ancient. We have to do something no matter how small it seems, is actually big. I feel a big connection with this poem because i share the the same thoughts with the author. You do not have to be good. No matter how ugly we may see the world as it has much more beauty to offer that goes unseen. And yet - eek! over and over announcing your place the world offers itself to your imagination, Sometime's we can become over-whelmed by our problems, letting life pass us by. I would like to comment on Patricia's comment. It brings tears to my eyes. All Rights Reserved. calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting The poem brings out the best of your imagination. Hugs, Diane. You can imagin every discription of the poem. the mountains and the rivers. Though the fields lay golden Something whispered,—‘Snow.’ Leaves were green and stirring, Berries, luster-glossed, But beneath warm feathers Something cautioned,—‘Frost.’ All the sagging orchards Steamed with amber spice, But each wild breast stiffened At remembered ice. You write free (open) verse very well alison. We have to be strong and try to make a difference. It says that we should not let the issue's that come up in day to day life bog us down. © Poems are the property of their respective owners. love what it loves. All the sagging orchards Steamed with amber spice, But each wild breast stiffened At remembered ice. q� lëÔ¬ñv£ �¸~İm^g¹*�ë€ÃU Q’vM7ò�Ê@1X•¼�àÔ#RoHDæD*ãZ…7,!dşs»$áêR*�Õ“tRO&è\qé£à(Ù¦CÒù²\w¨Ç¸ãMğí࡬û/…w}¼óµ³vƒ)ğe\#Akºl ¸Ùûz8‡¼K¹ÑÚÙhΗEÈcA0�å\x»{äX¶?°îT�“Üs‘@v}³¡/Û΢ûIÀ³Å2Ø‚—€é”‹_Â¥‚c;”Ǥ=TÔÙ�(mÙ{!wv½FÌ”„à”KA±qù8—E’+@ì˺�³Ö7¡õo©yQveoGŸ»¬‚RF+%Që;ŠÎj@çå„(w'¹�ñ Nuˆd ±(xá™ ¹ßŸ…ΰ}}ªê%zls¦9e!İ¡séSoÇ»™mi‚':D³„:‘(i}Ä¥Uô«ÓxÀ. However, you have to remeber that your problems will not change the course of the world, and the world will keep spinning. Wild Geese By Mary Oliver Poem by Alison Cassidy - Poem Hunter. Meanwhile the world goes on. I adore it. It worshiping the nature in it's description of it. Please don’t say by Alyson Cassidy when the poem is clearly written by Mary Oliver, Nicely penned, poweful structure, well punctuated. You do not have to be good. over the prairies and the deep trees, are moving across the landscapes, It make me feel not so lonely. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. We only should be our natural self to make anything great.It is a poem of hope.Great work. It makes the worry of today not seem so significant in the whole sceme of things. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. This has a magic to it, so much so that it even encaptured Jefferson. eliza, Joseph Campbell took a few hundred pages trying to warn us this poem would migrate to our shores. for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You do not have to be good. I agree with brian when he mentions that everyone gets caught up in peoblems and this poem hopefully, helps people to realize that sometimes you have to look at the greater picture. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain The world is both good and bad. Sometimes we see the evil and decide to hide. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge... Recite this poem (upload your own video or voice file). “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver. keep on alison. being sad will not change anything.there is a lot of good things out there that can make us feel better about our despair. That we can not do. In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two. It is still a completely amazing, perfect poem. Alison, that is a superb poem. - we're still surprised when the Wild Geese show up in the neighborhood. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, But we are a part of it and we can not sit on the side. that's coming to something great. The hardest thing for most people to do is look past their problems and see the beauty that really lies within this great Earth. The pacing of this is great: a slowness that draws out the words in each line. this poem is wise and hopeful, it encourages us to look for a distraction when we have problems. You do not have to walk on your knees. Great poem. Meanwhile the world goes on. in the family of things. Register now and publish your best poems or read and bookmark your favorite popular famous poems. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-over and over announcing your place In the family of things. Ultimatly you should always look on the bright side of life, and you always have a place in the world, and that you were put on this earth for a reason. I like this poem becasue its a reminder that no matter what despair you go through the world goes on. You can be stuck in the same place in time on the same issue but the world is still functioning waiting for you to rejoin. It tells of the despair that some feel when they do not realise the connection to all things.

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