day 324 | poem

Poem

The last part of this poem was read at the Hospice of Virginia memorial service on Monday.

In Blackwater Woods (partial) by Mary Oliver

To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

source from American Primitive. © Back Bay Books, 1983.

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