Dec 31, 2008

Year's End

When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.

Gramercy Park in the snow
snow- covered bench in Gramercy Park
Gramercy Park in the snow
footprints in the snow
by Mary Oliver, "When Death Comes" [excerpt]