For my next book, I've chosen to read a book of poems. I don't normally read poetry. Most of the time I feel I don't understand what the poet is trying to say. Lately I've seen some quotes by Mary Oliver from a few different sources I follow and they have really struck a chord. So I decided to give one of her books a try. I've chosen "New and Selected Poems, Volume One."
I've just started but one of the first poems I read has already struck me. The title of the poem is "When Death Comes" and the lines that hit me were:
"When death comes...
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world."
What an interesting way to think about death, something that is not usually an exciting prospect, and what a challenge to live life mindfully, and purposefully, not just as a visiter here.
I have a feeling this book is not going to take me long to read and I'm looking forward to exploring poetry for a change.
What about you? How is your reading challenge going?