A Question Within a Question

A Question Within a Question

I was deeply moved to silence by
these last two lines from Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”

I put down the book, opened my heart to the moment and looked faraway.
And then,

I walked away.


About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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11 Responses to A Question Within a Question

  1. Your memorable picture makes it.

  2. Thats a very powerful question! Love Mary Oliver. Thanks, Virgilio 🙂

  3. maskednative says:

    A very thought-provoking question, but perhaps after many wrong turnings on the journey, to arrive at the place of acknowledging this one wild and precious life, to finally understand that we don’t have to ‘do’ anything, our destination arrived at, we are one with the world and ourselves and nothing is ever the same again. As you say Virgilio, we simply walk away, our hearts filled.

  4. The question is beautifully well said.

    Inspiration from you photo brings to me a smile. 🙂

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