Something particular and real

Mary Oliver, who died last month, wrote “often of mortality, but with a spirit of gratitude and completion,” her obituary stressed.

The poet once wrote:

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder

If I have made of my life something particular and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up having simply visited this world.

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