I’ve been thinking a lot about Mary Oliver this week (the anniversary of her death was Monday), so I pulled out my very dog-eared and well-bookmarked copy of Devotions, a more recent collection of her work . . . and just started reading randomly (as is my way when I read poetry). Despite the fact that I’ve been reading Mary Oliver’s poetry for decades and decades now, every time I pick up a book of her poetry, I can find a new-to-me Mary Oliver poem to love.

My offering in today’s Gathering of Poetry is from Mary Oliver, a poem originally part of her 2015 collection, Felicity, and also included in Devotions. I hadn’t really noticed this one before, somehow, but it’s now dog-eared . . . and joining my ever-expanding list of favorite-Mary-Oliver-poems.


The World I Live In
by Mary Oliver

I have refused to live
locked in the orderly house of
     reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in
is wider than that. And anyway,
     what’s wrong with Maybe?

You wouldn’t believe what once or
twice I have seen. I’ll just
     tell you this:
only if there are angels in your head will you
     ever, possibly, see one.


I found this poem in Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, Penguin Press, 2017.  Information about the poet can be found here.


You can find A Gathering of Poetry every month . . . on the third Thursday.
Share some.
Read some.
Gather up some poetry!

(Bonny is hosting a special link-up for A Gathering of Poetry. Be sure to check it out!)