Mary Oliver’s “Spring” For Half Light Challenge

When Weekly Photo Challenge asked::Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric.
I had already been thinking about Mary Oliver’s  “Spring”  With the great bear coming down the mountain sharpening her claws on the silent trees…Enjoy

The cold water, The one question

The Silent trees, The cold water, The one question

How do I love the world

How do I love the world?


The BearSpring

a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring
down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring
I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue
like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:
how to love this world.
I think of her
like a black and leafy ledge
to sharpen her claws against
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else
my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its cities,
it is also this dazzling darkness
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;
all day I think of her –
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.
~ Mary Oliver ~

(House of Light)
The Pool is from The Blake Garden. The poem reminds us that April is National Poetry Month…

6 thoughts on “Mary Oliver’s “Spring” For Half Light Challenge

  1. Must be a Mary Oliver sort of challenge as you’re the second person who’s used one of her poems. I’ve recently discovered her and enjoy her poetry greatly. I’m impressed with the carving the bear made on that tree! Talented critter. 🙂



  2. Pingback: Half-Light (Early Morning B4 Shopping) | What's (in) the picture?

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