Invitation” by Mary Oliver | Discovery

A Writer's Deli

Came across this poem by Mary Oliver, wanted to share it with you guys to brighten your day. Couldn’t be a more apt poem to cheer up during the present state of affairs in the country. Happy reading. 🙂

Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

for a musical battle,
to see who can sing
the highest note,
or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth,
or the most tender?
Their strong, blunt beaks
drink the air

as they strive
not for your sake
and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning
but for sheer delight and gratitude –
believe us, they say,
it is a serious thing

just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.

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