“Some Questions You Might Ask”

Some Questions You Might Ask
by Mary Oliver

Is the soul solid, like iron?
Or is it tender and breakable, like
the wings of a moth in the beak of an owl?
Who has it, and who doesn’t?
I keep looking around me.
The face of the moose is as sad
as the face of Jesus.
The swan opens her white wings slowly.
In the fall, the black bear carries leaves

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Golden bees

From Ram Dass, Still Here Now: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying (122-23):

Contrary to the way the Ego interprets…losses…the Soul sees a larger dance in motion.

Looking back at…painful episodes from this consciousness, we may see what appeared to be losses in fact led us to happier outcomes. Each of the Ego’s “failures” has contributed to making us who we are now.

Without meaning to sound saccharine: each step we take in our learning is, from the Soul’s

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