Mary Oliver


When the blackberries hangblackberries
swollen in the woods, in the brambles
nobody owns, I spendall day among the high
branches, reaching
my ripped arms, thinking

of nothing, cramming
the black honey of summer
into my mouth; all day my body

accepts what it is. In the dark
creeks that run by there is
this thick paw of my life darting among

the black bells, the leaves; there is
this happy tongue.


from the book Devotions by Mary Oliver