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At the end of the episode Arabesque, Vincent has come to Catherine to confess his despair over the experience with Lisa, how he hurt her. He is tearful, and she has taken his hands. Their heads are bent over their joined hands.

What I have to tell you isn't beautiful


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.

From Dream Work. Atlantic Monthly Press. 1986.


Wild Geese

read by Carole W
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Vicky     2/10/2013 8:29:25 PM
Oh, wow... what a poem... Wow.
And, dear Carole, you should really read more! Love it!

Romantic1     2/8/2013 12:17:27 AM
This poem teaches many lessons. You helped bring them home with your reading because hearing it spoken makes it more real.

SandyX     2/7/2013 9:54:47 PM
Love this poem - and beautifully read!

Jeff D. (pico9702)     2/7/2013 1:08:18 PM
Very beautiful reading, Carole!

Mini     2/7/2013 10:52:32 AM
Lovely Carole, thanks so much for sharing.

Krista     2/7/2013 4:14:04 AM
This is one of my favorites too---and, what Laura said. You did a fantastic job with this! Thank you :)

LauraG     2/7/2013 2:47:34 AM
I have loved this poem for a long time, Carole, and you read it so beautifully! Thank you! What a lovely way to start my day!

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