“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

~Mary Oliver

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  1. Hi Vicki,

    I sent the following email on the day Chevy was missing, so you definitely had other things to worry about. I breathlessly followed your search, praying for the best as I am a dog lover too. I had a funny feeling he was tangled up somewhere so it was a big relief when you found him, thank goodness. My last dog, Schatzie, a wonderful standard Poodle, lived to be 14, has been gone for about 4 years and I still miss her terribly. A loose Kipling quote says “we give our hearts to a dog to tear” and it’s so, so true but they become our best friends on so many levels, don’t they? Anyway, here is the original email. Look forward to hearing from you

    Kathryn

    Begin forwarded message:

    > From: Kathryn Rehrig > Subject: Re: [New post] Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? > Date: July 11, 2013 7:57:43 AM EDT > To: “Dunga Brook Diary” > > Good morning Vicki, > > I have not fallen off the face of the earth; I’ve just been really busy the last few weeks. I am going to be out of town until Monday night but I was wondering what your schedule looks like toward the end of next week, or even that weekend? I’m anxious to pick up my photo and get it hung so I can enjoy it every day. I’ve been following both your FB page, as well as your Dunga Brook Diary and continue to be amazed at your work. It is stunningly beautiful!! I love this particular post and ironically was just getting ready to order a book of Mary Oliver’s poetry. Let me know about nest weekhopefully we can still get in a cup of tea or coffee. Would love to hear how your Coopersburg show is going. Thanks for your patience. Best, Kathryn Rehrig > > >

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  2. Good morning Vicki,

    I have not fallen off the face of the earth; I’ve just been really busy the last few weeks. I am going to be out of town until Monday night but I was wondering what your schedule looks like toward the end of next week, or even that weekend? I’m anxious to pick up my photo and get it hung so I can enjoy it every day. I’ve been following both your FB page, as well as your Dunga Brook Diary and continue to be amazed at your work. It is stunningly beautiful!! I love this particular post and ironically was just getting ready to order a book of Mary Oliver’s poetry. Let me know about nest weekhopefully we can still get in a cup of tea or coffee. Would love to hear how your Coopersburg show is going. Thanks for your patience. Best, Kathryn Rehrig

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