Friday, December 20, 2013

Poetry Friday: Mary Oliver

An apt poem in this season of preparation and waiting....

Making the House Ready for the Lord 
by Mary Oliver

Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but
          still nothing is as shining as it should be
for you. Under the sink, for example, is an
          uproar of mice it -- is the season of their
many children. What shall I do? And under the
          and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances -- but it is the
          when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And
the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the

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Buffy Silverman is hosting the round up this week is at Buffy's Blog.


  1. "still nothing is as shining as it should be
    for you." -- what can be offered instead? Hospitality. A listening ear and open heart. Beautiful poem.

  2. read this to the children over lunch...just perfect. thanks for sharing it.

  3. Whatever we have to give, if we give it willingly and joyfully, it must be enough.