A Mix of Power and Sweetness

Topiary Garden, October 4, 2012

Evidence
by Mary Oliver, from Evidence 
 
I.
 
Where do I live? If I had no address, as many people
do not, I could nevertheless say that I lived in the
same town as the lilies of the field, and the still
waters.
 
Spring, and all through the neighborhood now there are
strong men tending flowers.
 
Beauty without purpose is beauty without virtue. But
all beautiful things, inherently, have this function -
to excite the viewers toward sublime thought. Glory
to the world, that good teacher.
 
Among the swans there is none called the least, or
the greatest.
 
I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in
singing, especially when singing is not necessarily
prescribed.
 
As for the body, it is solid and strong and curious
and full of detail; it wants to polish itself; it
wants to love another body; it is the only vessel in
the world that can hold, in a mix of power and
sweetness: words, song, gesture, passion, ideas,
ingenuity, devotion, merriment, vanity, and virtue.
 
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.