Today is Sunday, so rather than talk about art, I think I will use this day to post some. Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, also lives on an island. Her poems take me to that quiet Sunday kind of place. And, rice, of course, looms large in Lowcountry history.
by Mary Oliver
It grew in the black mud.
It grew under the tiger’s orange paws.
Its stems thicker than candles, and as straight.
Its leaves like the feathers of egrets, but green.
The grains cresting, wanting to burst.
Oh, blood of the tiger.
I don’t want you to just sit at the table.
I don’t want you just to eat, and be content.
I want you to walk into the fields
Where the water is shining, and the rice has risen.
I want you to stand there, far from the white tablecloth.
I want you to fill your hands with mud, like a blessing.