Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Over the weekend, I was honored to be the speaker at the SC United Methodist Women’s Spiritual Retreat.  I heard honest stories from many women whose vulnerability about their brokenness touched my spirit.  This morning, as I lifted up their journeys in prayer, this poem came to mind.   ~cameron

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.


  1. Cynthia Keesler

    Cameron ~ this is my first visit to your blog. It was my joy to be among the gathering at the SCCUMW spiritual growth retreat at Lake Junaluska and I’m grateful to have heard your words of inspiration. There is so much to gather from your message but what I’ll remember most is to ‘just be’ in the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for my body, mind and spirit.

    What a comfort to be able to put our trust in God’s faithfulness through our various levels of brokenness. Thank you for the poem and lifting us up in prayer. I really liked the references to the Master Gardener and it led me to revisit Matthew 6:28 and “consider the lilies of the field.”

    As communications coordinator for my UMW unit I’m sharing about the retreat activities and times of praise and worship. I will include your name and blog address so those who could not attend might have the blessing of your spiritual witness.

    Blessings=Bendiciones ~ Cynthia

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