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we dive for easy pearls

and leave the rest forgotten

7 August 1980
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.

- Wild Geese, Mary Oliver.


Late-stage Lyme Disease Treatment Fund:

Under Our Skin

the best things can't be seen or captured

In Memory.

this journal and its contents dedicated to Liberty Rebekah Skrypeck Dagenais. October 9, 1980 - July 22, 2010.
3000 mile arms, 5 am birdsong, always all ways, awe, blood oranges, book castles, cardamom, chosen family, chronic illness lessons, cycles and circles, extemporaneous photo sessions, ginger lemon tea, gratitude, gut listeners, healing rollercoasters, heart-shaped stones, hope held close, jeans worn through, kindness, letting love past barricades, loving hard and well, misplaced palm trees, mouthful of kitten fur, never giving up, nothing spaces, old buildings, poems that cleave, rain-streaked windows, remembering eva, remembering libby, seaglass, sidewalk moss, skin as home, solitary togetherness, solo cello, starting anew, sticky mango juice chins, stuck poems, sunset over the olympics, tender self-care, trillium, unexpected laughter, unfurling daffodils, violin calluses


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