Mary Oliver

A portion of Mary Oliver’s poem entitled ‘Mindful’ was showcased by these panels which were silk screened by the Tacoma company ‘Slide Sideways.’ Slide Sideways is the creative studio of husband and wife duo Scott & Jacqui Scoggin.  They collaborated with d4collective to honor two of our chosen poets and showcased their own creative style.

Jacqui of Slide Sideways at work on panels for d4collective.

Every day
I see or hear
that more or less
kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
of light.
It was 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?

I enjoyed hearing a guest say, “Thank you for featuring Mary Oliver’s writing in your garden.  She’s a national treasure!”


About d4collective

The team of four fantastic garden designers in Seattle, WA includes Octavia Chambliss, Susie Thompson, Barbara Lycett and Daniel Lowery
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