Dear Mary Oliver,
voice of our earth
breath of beauty
on the day of your passing,
“I wake early.”

I remember your friends:
Molly, Percy, Wild Geese, Black Swan,
Summer Days, The Journey.
I ask again what I can do with my
“one wild and precious life.”

I treasure my memory
of the night at Dominican University
when you and Percy came to us
and taught us how to
pay attention' to the beauty of the world.

Thank you for your words,
thank you for your good advice.
May I honor you
with new beginnings,
bring beauty to the world.