Mary Oliver Monday: “My Delicious Dark Happiness”

For hours I wandered
over the fields

and the only thing that kept me company
was a song,
it glided along
with my delicious dark happiness,

my heavy,
bristling and aching delight
at the world
which has been like this

forever and ever–
the leaves,
the birds, the ponds,
the loneliness,

and, sometimes,
from a lifetime ago
and another country
such a willing and lilting companion—

a song
made so obviously for me.
At what unknowable cost.
And by a stranger.

—Mary Oliver, from “Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen,” House of Light

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