Theodore Roethke- Earth Prayers


I thirst by day. I watch by night.

I receive! I have been received!

I hear the flowers drinking in their light,

I have taken counsel of the crab and the sea-urchin,

I recall the falling of small waters,

The stream slipping beneath the mossy logs,

Winding down to the stretch of irregular sand,

The great logs piled like match sticks.

I am most immoderately married:

The Lord God has taken my heaviness away:

I have merged, like  the bird, with the bright air,

And my thought flies to the place by the bo-tree.

Being, not doing, is my first job.


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