I’m reading Mary Oliver’s collection of poems, Felicity. Love this one:


There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled

Like telling someone you love them.

Or giving your money away, all of it.


Your heart is beating, isn’t it?

You’re not in chains, are you?


There is nothing more pathetic than caution

when headlong might save a life,

even, possibly, your own.


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3 thoughts on “Moments

  1. ok, so this is a fantastic poem!… but it makes me feel depressed about my own New Year hopes and plans – too much ‘caution’ and nothing ‘headlong’ – and I am not ‘in chains’… *sigh*. So the wake up call has been issued – now I have to do something. Thanks for posting it!

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