Words from a Favorite

The Poet Compares Human Nature to the Ocean from Which We Came
By Mary Oliver


The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth,

it can lie down like silk breathing

or toss havoc shoreward; it can give


gifts or withhold all, it can rise, ebb, froth

like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it can

sweet-talk entirely. As I can too,


and so, no doubt, can you, and you.

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