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Spirit Likes to Dress Up (POEM)

Poem (the spirit likes to dress up)
by Mary Oliver

The spirit

likes to dress up like this:

ten fingers,

ten toes,

shoulders, and all the rest

at night

in the black branches,

in the morning

in the blue branches

of the world.

It could float, of course,

but would rather

plumb rough matter.

Airy and shapeless thing,

it needs

the metaphor of the body,

lime and appetite,

the oceanic fluids;

it needs the body’s world,


and imagination

and the dark hug of time,


and tangibility,

to be understood,

to be more than pure light

that burns

where no one is —

so it enters us —

in the morning

shines from brute comfort

like a stitch of lightning;

and at night

lights up the deep and wondrous

drownings of the body

like a star.

2 thoughts on “Spirit Likes to Dress Up (POEM)

  1. Darian! Thank you. And yes, I took a look at “Dog Songs” while in Barnes and Noble a little while ago. Powerful and clever and most definitely more about us than dogs!!! 😛 Thanks for commenting on here. I enjoyed your post! Please feel free to tune into my madness here whenever something catches your eye. 🙂


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