Thursday, March 3, 2011


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 is 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.

— Mary Oliver, When Death Comes