rich lens of attention

Lakehouse Trees-Lake Koronis, Minnesota, 2015.jpg

Entering the Kingdom (excerpt) – Poem by Mary Oliver

…The dream of my life
is to lie down
by a slow river
and stare at the light in the trees –
to learn something by being nothing
a little while
but the rich lens of attention…

 

Mary Oliver is another one of my favorite poets. This poem was speaking to me lately, inviting me to slow down, to notice, to give my attention fully to the beauty before me.

 

* I took this photo at my friend’s lake house on Lake Koronis, Minnesota, where I’ve found myself staring into the light shining into and through these beautiful trees.