Poetry Friday: For Mary Oliver

Thanks to Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

The light of the poetry world dimmed with the passing of Mary Oliver. I offer this in response to the poem, Meadowlark, I found in her book, FELICITY.

Her poems begins:


Has anyone seen the meadowlark?
I’ve been looking for probably
forty years now



In April, I saw the meadowlark…for you, Mary, may their songs be with you on your next journey.

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12 Responses to Poetry Friday: For Mary Oliver

  1. Kay Mcgriff says:

    There is no better tribute than one poem leading to another. And what a beautiful photograph to go with it!

  2. laurashovan222 says:

    I love poems that speak in response to other poems. Perfect sharing for today, Jone.

  3. Exceptional tribute, Jone! I have been graced with having witnessed the signing of the meadowlark. It’s just the way you’ve described it!

  4. maryleehahn says:

    Beautiful tribute. As I just wrote to Amy LV, I am crying my way through the tributes on blogs and social media. Yours squeezed my heart so hard. And your photo. Wow.

  5. jama says:

    Love your photo and poem, Jone. Wonderful way to start the weekend. Beautiful capture in words and image.

  6. Sally Murphy says:

    Wonderful photo and poem, Jone. I love the imagery of singing with out hearts open.

  7. Tara Smith says:

    Oliver was all about singing at daybreak, wasn’t she. Such a loss.

  8. It is so wonderful when you can provide a tribute in poetic form, Jone. Your words will sing on just like the meadowlark reminding us of the long-reaching power of Mary Oliver’s words.

  9. lindabaie says:

    The meadowlarks in the wetlands near our school were a joy to hear each morning I went to work. This is a wonderful tribute to Mary Oliver, written to her words, captured just for her. Thank you!

  10. Tabatha says:

    Beautiful and fitting, Jone — the photo and the sentiment.

  11. Kortney Garrison says:

    Look at the feather’s under her beak! Wish I could hear the song too!

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