Dared to Pray

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches—
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead—
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging—

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted—

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.
~Mary Oliver “Morning Poem”

This morning’s sunrise was a prayer unspoken~
Subtle simmer to blazing boil.

We keep trudging every day
each step a prayer answered
that we still can take the next step.



5 thoughts on “Dared to Pray

  1. Love your blog. Don’t comment often but it’s such a breath of comfort and beauty. I read at least several times a week and often forward. Thank you!! As I writer I know it’s easy to wonder if anyone is reading. Blessings!!

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  2. Dear Anne-Marie, what a wonderful gift you give to a writer, the encouragement is always so deeply appreciated so thank you! I hope you are enjoying our lovely Pacific Northwest autumn as much as I have. The days of rain and gray are overdue! Blessings back, Emily

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  3. Mary’s thoughts and words, spun beautifully from her faith-filled spirit to ours, repeated anew as if she were still here and not in her new ‘home’ forever. Both Mary and you, Emily, have a gifted way of zeroing in and touching and feeding our souls — very often when we need it most. Thank you,

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