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January 18, 2019

It isn’t over—for Mary Oliver.

 

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This morning, I woke up to the news that Mary Oliver had passed away. 

Like many others, Mary’s writings have been, and will remain, of significant influence in my life. The simplicity yet ethereal sophistication of her poems speaks to my soul in a way not many others have—and for this, I’m eternally grateful. 

It probably wasn’t Mary’s initial intention to save anyone’s life, she was simply sharing the way she saw the world and the messages she heard back. In her own words: 

“There’s Oliver, still standing around in the weeds. There she is, still scribbling in her notebook.” ~ from her book, Long Life: Essays and Other Writings

But in doing this, she did save many and inspired others to do the same—me included. Now, I believe if you can do what you enjoy and in doing so extend that joy to others, then you are onto a good thing. 

So thank you Mary—live on.

~

What is it that you plan to do with your one precious life?

Do you plan to spend it in fear to trade in

the pain

Always looking for yourself

The world has hurt us all in some way

When all of a sudden you hear this minute

This minute

Don’t pretend like you don’t have

Bigger dreams

What will your plan of attack be

This time

Maybe your heart is your sword and

Maybe your heart at the same time is

All you need.

~

author: Fiorella Matos

Image: @walkthetalkshow/Instagram

Image: Penguin Books USA/YouTube

Editor: Naomi Boshari

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Fiorella Matos

Fiorella Matos is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. When she’s not busy writing poetry, she’s busy reading poetry, breathing, and living love and art. Fiorella enjoys traveling and exploring all the world has got to offer, aiming to make a positive difference wherever she goes: through words, smiles, or a helping hand.You can read more of Fiorella’s heart at:  https://www.instagram.com/asoulsconfessions/https://asoulconfessions.wordpress.com/