A Call to Your Imagination

by Ray Reuter on September 28, 2017

The imagination of little ones is amazing. There really are no boundaries. Anything is possible. Anything is believable. Their imagination is unfettered. As we grow up and “mature,” our imagination never goes away. However, it is easy to suppress or discount or censor our imagination. That may sound like in our minds … “That’s not possible.” “I can’t do that.” “That’s not me.” “It won’t work.” “That ship has sailed.” “It’s not meant to be.”

With that context, I share this poem by Mary Oliver titled, “Wild Geese.” Pay attention to the last four lines starting with the world offers itself to your imagination … Embrace your imagination and listen to its call.

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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