Response to Mary Oliver’s Poem “Mindful” by Erin Anderson

Dominant Hand

I

“Prayers made out of grass”

I dream of such a soft world

Which light shines upon

 

 

 

II

I fall asleep there

Under the soft canopy

Mind finally clear

 

III

This is commonplace?

Mary, how I envy thee

For your wise nature

 

IV

For nature always

Will be, the divinity

Which I am seeking

 

 

Non-Dominant Hand

Left hand, right brain.

Thoughts come out too fast

for this clumsy appendage.

I have to check my spelling,

even.

I can respond only to my immediate

experience.

Blurred letters, smudged

by inexperience.

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