Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday Poem - Can You Imagine? by Mary Oliver

                 CAN YOU IMAGINE?

                 For example, what the trees do
                 not only in lightning storms
                 or the watery bark of a summer's night
                 or under the white nets of winter
                 but now, and now, and now - whenever
                 we're not looking. Surely you can't imagine 
                 they don't dance, from the root up, wishing
                 to travel a little, not cramped so much as wanting
                 a better view, or more sun, or just as avidly
                 more shade - surely you can't imagine they just
                 stand there loving every minute of it, the birds
                 or the emptiness, the dark rings 
                 of the years slowly and without a sound
                 thickening, and nothing different unless the wind,
                 and then only in its own mood, comes
                 to visit, surely you can't imagine
                 patience, and happiness, like that. 

                 Mary Oliver

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This week's editor is Helen McKinlay with a delicious and surprising poem The Cheese Room by Judy Brown.  


  1. I love this. I love flights of imagination where the writer presents us with an entirely new way of viewing something.

    Thanks for posting,Claire.

  2. It is a lovely poem. I like the way she juxtaposes can imagine with can't imagine. The lines below are great!
    'Surely you can't imagine they don't dance, from the root up, wishing
    to travel a little, not cramped so much as wanting a better view,'

  3. this is fantastic - the way it shifts near the end - how the negative makes you think the reverse... indeed, trees...

  4. This is just so lovely. Exploration of the extraordinary in the ordinary. Thanks for sharing.