Recently, we celebrated the marriage of two outstanding teachers. For one of their readings during the ceremony they chose Mary Oliver’s Coming Home. They felt this sensitive and intimate poem demonstrated the depth of their love commitment. Mary Oliver is an award-winning American poet born in 1935.
by Mary Oliver
When we are driving in the dark,
on the long road [home],
when we are weary,
when the buildings and the pines lose their familiar look,
I imagine us rising from the speeding car.
I imagine us seeing everything from another place–
the top of one of the pale dunes, or the deep and nameless
fields of the sea.
And what we see is a world that cannot cherish us,
but which we cherish.
And what we see is our life moving like that
along the dark edges of everything,
headlights sweeping the blackness,
believing in a thousand fragile and unprovable things.
Looking out for sorrow,
slowing down for happiness,
making all the right turns
right down to the thumping barriers to the sea,
the swirling waves,
the narrow streets, the houses,
the past, the future,
the doorway that belongs
to you and me.
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte