You don’t want to hear the story
of my life, and anyway
I don’t want to tell it, I want to listen

to the enormous waterfalls of the sun.

And anyway it’s the same old story – – –
a few people just trying,
one way or another,
to survive….mary oliver

I’ve always been touched by Mary Oliver’s words every time I read her poems. For those who are followers to my earlier blog, you might have noticed that I’ve quoted  her words now and then and there are times when I am simply amazed how she could aptly describe such feelings that I want to put into words too.  I can imagine a world where you find  peace of mind, happiness and sense of  belonging even when you’re alone.

In one of our road trips in Tanay, Rizal, I found these pretty rattan hammocks  suspended between mahogany trees in one corner of the vast gardens of Regina Rica, a place of prayer and worship where nature  brings you to a world of peace and solace. Imagine a few hours of silence while quietly swinging  in the hammock with the afternoon breeze gently playing with your hair.

Regina Rica

Alone with nature, thinking of what life was and how you wanted it to be, thinking of why sometimes things happen that makes you sad, just  like some of those people you meet on the road of life with sad smiles on their faces. The smiles tell such pain they feel. And she continues:

And you know
what a smile means,
don’t you?

I wanted the past to go away, I wanted
to leave it, like another country; I wanted
my life to close, and open
like a hinge, like a wing, like the part of the song
where it falls
down over the rocks: an explosion, a discovery;
I wanted
to hurry into the work of my life; I wanted to know,

whoever I was, I was

for a little while…

I could truly relate, I could feel what she’s trying to say. I know what pain is and for a while there, the tears  gently flow while I read her words and takes the lesson to heart,  surviving amidst this busy cosmos called life.



About arlene

And here I thought it would be easy to create and start another blog. Starting all over again but that is the challenge of blogging. This is a continuation of my other blog called Dreams and Escapes. It is still a work in progress...

Posted on November 9, 2015, in journeys, life, reflections, thoughts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. This is a beautiful post, Arlene! I also enjoy Mary Oliver, her words ring so true to what I need to hear when I happen upon one of her poems, like here, just now.

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  2. sometimes, mary oliver’s words speak through your heart! she’s truly a gift. i love your picture of Tanay, Arlene! such a blissful place. 🙂

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  3. I’m there, Arlene, relaxing in one of those hammocks. You have taken me to Tanay!
    Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Beautiful. I believe I am going to find this poet’s books, for she has inspired an equally talented woman of great strength.

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