Wild and Precious Life

This time, I’ll write in first person

So there’s no doubt or wonder

If the words are my own

I’ll shoot straight

Declare the truth

Show my true colors

Glimpse into my soul

Because I’m so inspired

By the words that I read

Once again

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

Oh, Mary Oliver

Did you live your wild and precious life to the fullest,as you write?

Or were your dreams contained on paper in books for others to read?

And what about me?

This one wild and precious life

How am I living it?

Dreaming big and living small

Just ain’t the way I want to be at all

I want to take more chances

Believe in destiny and strength

Walk that ragged edge and take the leap

Fly by the seat of my pants

Hanging on for dear life

I want to take full advantage of all I’ve been given

Ride this life with all I’ve got

Take a chance and come out flying

Fill my cup to overflowing

I want to dance in the streets

Down the aisles

On the beach

With little boys, old gentlemen, weathered cowboys and anyone that can

I want to drink sweet wine with no apologies

Meet for coffee and cookies

Wrap my hands around a warm mug and just breathe

I want to give and I want to receive

Bend down and rise up so that I can reach to kiss the lips,the cheeks, the face and leave more that lip stick stains

It’s my one wild and precious life

I haven’t made enough mistakes

Been a little too safe

Waited a bit too long

Let things fall away

Lost track of time

Wasted too much

Learned a whole lot

Thank God for all that

And for Mary Oliver

Daring to write

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

👣💗Jeanna’ Mead

5 27 a.m. 2-24-19


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