I love this poem. Thanks to Ivon for posting it on his blog. Such a simple thought – “it doesn’t have to be the blue iris.” I think understanding that is key to a joyful life.

Teacher as Transformer

Mary Oliver writes in uncomplicated ways. It is not simple, but there are elements of simplicity linked to complexity. Her poem Praying is an example of this simplexity. Praying is an entreaty or asks for something and suggests creating space for responses. There is a simplicity in the way prayer unfolds. It happens anywhere, anytime, and with few words. The complex part is being quiet and discerning the answers. This requires quiet spaces that we have to craft out of the busyness of modern lives and days.

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

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About What a Heart Can Hold

I'm Jan Krause Greene - writer, peace activist and lover of the earth. I formed my opinions about life at an early age and they haven't really changed much since then - I believe war does not create lasting solutions, love will be the real revolution, and the human heart can expand until it holds love for the whole world. I have been a teacher, a newspaper columnist, a bank teller, a house cleaner, an executive director of a non-profit dedicated to education advocacy, a diversity trainer, AIDS activist, a group facilitator, and a waitress. Whatever it took to raise 5 kids and remain true to my values. I can't carry a tune, but I love to sing and don't know any steps, but I love to dance!
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3 Responses to Praying

  1. Meg Evans says:

    Awesome poem — both simple and wonderfully profound at the same time. Thank you for reposting it! This year I’ve resolved to make time for life’s small inspiring discoveries and to promote kindness and positivity by visiting and commenting on a positive blog every day, while keeping a list of my virtual travels on my own blog. Your site is today’s entry; I’m glad to have found it!

  2. Hi Meg, So sorry that it has taken me so long to respond. I had a very busy month of book promotion events and I have been away from WordPress for weeks. Just getting back to it this weekend. Thank you for choosing to leave your daily comment on my blog. Really, Ivon should get the credit. He frequently posts wonderful poetry. Another blog that is filled with beauty and positivity is The Other Side of Ugly by Sheri Bessi.

    I am going to look for your blog right now!
    Peace and love,

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