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The Place I Want to Get Back to

Today’s inspiration comes from the poet Mary Oliver. Take a mindful moment and be with her in this place of wonder and meaning.

forest path

The Place I Want To Get Back To

by Mary Oliver

is where
in the pinewoods
in the moments between
the darkness

and first light
two deer
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me

they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let’s see who she is
and why she is sitting

on the ground like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but, anyway, harmless;

and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way

I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward

and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can’t be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named

This is such a poignant memory of a moment that affects her whole life. 
She yearns for it. Yet the memory is still alive within her. And she is grateful.

All our precious moments are alive in us. Even although we are no longer living them, they are there for us to connect to. They have become a part of us.

What does this poem say to you?

7 comments on “The Place I Want to Get Back to

  1. It actually brought back memories to me of a trip to America in my twenties and walking in the redwood forests and seeing deer there. It was so peaceful.


  2. It’s so true Val. The way certain memories made you feel is never forgotten.
    Diana xo


  3. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    Lovely poem. So near to my heart….time in nature. Thank you for sharing.


  4. Thank you–I love Mary Oliver and had not seen this before. I’m going to sit on this one for a while and let it settle in. Thank you!


  5. That would be a special moment, indeed. Thanks for the share.


  6. This poem stirred my insides like nothing I have ever read before, I could feel the same peace this person felt, of being one with nature, especially when the deer started nuzzling her hand. I would definitely want to recapture a moment like that!


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