When Death Comes – Mary Oliver

When death comes

like the hungry bear in autumn;

when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse


to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;

when death comes

like the measle-pox;


when death comes

like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,


I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:

what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?


And therefore I look upon everything

as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,

and I look upon time as no more than an idea,


and I consider eternity as another possibility,


and I think of each life as a flower, as common

as a field daisy, and as singular,


and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,

tending, as all music does, toward silence,


and each body a lion of courage, and something

precious to the earth.


When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.


When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.


I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.


Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems, Volume One: 1 (pp. 10-11). Beacon Press. Edición de Kindle. Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems, Volume One: 1 (p. 10). Beacon Press. Edición de Kindle.

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Publicado por

Alejandra Aguirre

Nací en Buenos Aires en 1970. Participé de la Clínica de Escritura Poética coordinada por Liliana Lukin y publiqué en la Antología 2008/2009 y Antología 2010/2011 (Ediciones La BIblioteca). Ventana lateral recibió la segunda mención del premio Fondo Nacional de las Artes (2009). En 2013 publiqué al ras en Ediciones La Biblioteca.


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