POEMS: “Wild Geese” (“Gansos Salvajes”)


Wild Geese


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 by Mary Oliver

published by Atlantic Monthly Press

© Mary Oliver


via: http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/maryoliver.html#anchor_14792



“Gansos Salvajes” de Mary Oliver

No tienes que ser buena.
No tienes que atravesar el desierto
de rodillas, arrepintiéndote.
Solo tienes que dejar que ese delicado animal

que es tu cuerpo ame lo que ama.

Cuéntame tu desesperación y te contaré la mía.
Mientras tanto, el mundo sigue.
Mientras tanto, el sol y los guijarros cristalinos

de la lluvia avanzan por los paisajes,
las praderas y los árboles frondosos, las montañas y los ríos.
Mientras tanto, los gansos salvajes, que vuelan alto
en el aire azul y puro,
vuelven nuevamente a casa.

Seas quien seas, por muy sola que te sientas
el mundo se ofrece a tu imaginación,
y te llama, como los gansos salvajes, chillando con excitación

— anunciando una y otra vez
tu lugar en la familia de las cosas.

Mary Oliver – Dream Work, 1986


via: https://mujerciclica.com/2014/04/25/gansos-salvajes-de-mary-oliver/


4 Comments Add yours

  1. earthskyair says:

    Sooo beautiful! And I love the imagery of the wild geese – they have a special place in my heart. I always wave to them when I see them. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much dear friend, I am glad you enjoyed this poem! You are so right, they are so inspiring sometimes you wish you could join them in their flight! ❤

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  2. LindaP says:

    My sentiments exactly! Beautiful poem Amira!

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