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Happy International Women’s Day: Wild Geese

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    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 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.

    Happy International Women’s Day! Our correspondent Joyce Kulhawik suggested the beautiful poem, Wild Geese, and in honor of today, we are republishing the poem in its entirety. (And see Joyce Kulhawik's complete essay about Mary Oliver here.Ms. Oliver reminds us that we can exhale and be ourselves, and that we are good enough. All week we have dedicated RogerEbert.com to articles written by phenomenal women. You can peruse our Table of Contents here because you don't want to miss those articles or reviews. 

    Here are the names of our writers for Women Writers Week 2019: 

    Abbey Bender
    Laura Bogart
    Monica Castillo
    Olivia Collette
    Valerie Kalfrin
    Sasha Kohan
    Joyce Kulhawik
    Tomris Laffly
    Christy Lemire
    Violet LeVoit
    Jennifer Merin
    Nell Minow
    Jana Monji
    Sherin Nicole
    Sheila O'Malley
    Kristy Puchko
    Carla Renata
    Carrie Rickey
    Jessica Ritchey
    Allison Shoemaker
    Justine Smith
    Whitney Spencer
    Katherine Tulich

    Our header photo is a nod to International Nieces' Day.




    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/chazs-blog/happy-international-womens-day-wild-geese
    By: Chaz Ebert
    Posted: March 8, 2019, 9:14 pm

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