Poetry Friday: “Mindful” by Mary Oliver…and my OLW


Poetry Friday is hosted by Tricia @ The Miss Rumphius Effect

Black Ice on Clarke Street

Black Ice on Clarke Street: Mary Clare Crow

Black ice all over the school parking lot this morning. It’s early, very early, and I have a student coming for extra help soon, very soon.  I also have three book bags which feel heavy, very heavy.

Slowly, gingerly, I make my way across this skating rink.  Halfway across, I pause to shift my bags around and catch my breath.  I remind myself that this is the first time in the day that I’ve heeded the call of my OLW: I paused.  Then I look closely at the ice that surrounds me: shimmering, dark, crackled in places.  The weak morning light does little to shed light on where the ice is most treacherous.  But it is beautiful,   and I pause to appreciate.


I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Mindful” by Mary Oliver…and my OLW

  1. Beauty in the treacherous — an aspect of being mindful I hadn’t really considered. Glad you’re being safe and careful and pausing to appreciate. Thanks for the lovely Mary poem!

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