“I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life”

Love, love, love, says Percy.
And hurry as fast as you can
along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust.

Then, go to sleep.
Give up your body heat, your beating heart.
Then, trust.

by Mary Oliver, via Red Bird: Poems, Beacon Press.

Mary Oliver and Percy. (Photo © 2005 by Rachel Giese Brown)