Every dayI see or I hear something that more or less

kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle

in the haystack of light. It is what I was born for– to look, to listen,

to lose myself inside this soft world– to instruct myself over and over

in joy, and acclamation. Nor am I talking about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful, the very extravagant– but of the ordinary, the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations, Oh, good scholar, I say to myself, how can you help

but grow wise with such teachings as these– the untrimmable light

of the world, the ocean's shine, the prayers that are made out of grass?

Mary Oliver