In Memory: “When it’s over.. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

from Douglas Moore’s Art of Quotation

Art of Quotation

When Death Comes

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

Mary Oliver, 1935-2018, poet, Pulitzer Prize


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