Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Birthday
Edward and I are off to the island this morning for my birthday!
 While we are walking the beach in the moonlight, reading Our Mutual Friend, sleeping late, eating strawberries by the fistfulls, and knitting with the most amazing green wool, please enjoy this wonderful poem by my favourite poet on earth, Mary Oliver.  Her gorgeous words beautifully sum up my view of the world not only on this, the day I was born, but every day of the year. 
Much love to you all!

Every day
I see or hear
that more or less
kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for -
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world -
to instruct myself
over and over
in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant -
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
as these -
the untrimmable light
of the world,
the ocean's shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

By Mary Oliver


  1. Happy Birthday Pamela, have a wonderful time at The Island.

    Love the poem.


  2. Weren't you a cutie. Happy Birthday, hope you have a wonderful time at the Island.

    Love the poem.


  3. That's just lovely. Have a beautiful birthday
    xoxo Pattie

  4. Happy Birthday my friend! May all of your dreams come true.xo

  5. A happy birthday tae ye, lass. Have a wonderful time. And thank you for sharing one of my favourite Mary Oliver poems. :) Lizzy

  6. Happy Birthday to you!! I love your picture. Have a wonderful day and wishing you all the best.

  7. Happy Birthday Pamela. May it be a day of uncommon delights!

    BTW, you share this special day with one of my dear sons.

  8. A very happy birthday to you, Pamela! I hope you and Edward enjoy your time on the island - it sounds like a blissful way to celebrate. And thanks for sharing the poem, I need to be a bit more mindful in life, I think. :)

  9. Dear Pamela, The genuine joy which you so obviously have from life is infectious. I really do believe that you have the capacity to see good in everything and everyone about you.

    I did enjoy Mary Oliver's poem and am well able to see its appeal for you. I do hope that you will have a wonderful time on the island, and may the strawberries be more plentiful and sweeter than ever before.

    Many, many happy returns of the day.

  10. Happy Birthday my lovely one
    Tomorrow is my birthday
    I knew we had so much in common both being Aries

    Enjoy your day in every way.
    Love Jeanne♥

  11. happy birthday Pamela and thank you for sharing this wonderful poem - I loved it!

  12. Have a wonderful time. Are the two pups coming along with you ? Word verification is Parrys - isn't that an island off the coast of Savannah?

  13. Happy Birthday dear Pamela!

    Enjoy your specual day and week!

    Mary Oliver always touches the heart in each of her poems!

  14. Happiest of Happy Birthdays to you! Thanks for the poem, it was a nice gift.

  15. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Pamela. Enjoy the beach and your books and have a big piece of cake. I'll be heading for the beach soon too. Can't wait.


  16. I don't know where this island is but I wish I was going there with you and Edward...I could walk him while you doze..I won't mind!...I really, really loved your cricket story Pamela. Do you really have such a bathroom? I was hoping for a photograph as I scrolled down...I too, love Wm. Morris...Happy birthday to you and many more...

  17. Mary Oliver is a wonderful gift to give yourself. Happy Birthday! Have a fabulous day.

  18. This is such an adorable photo Pamela! Happy, Happy Birthday. It's sounds like you know just how to celebrate. Walks on the beach, reading, strawberries, needlework. I'm off for the very same get-away this weekend.
    Enjoy yourself and don't forget to have a cupcake!

  19. Happy, happy birthday to you! A spring birthday suits you. :)

  20. The happiest Birthday is wished for you today Pamela. Wherever and whatever, may it be full of beauty, peace and fun.

    Mary Oliver does write such amazing poems - thanks for sharing this lovely one.

    *****Many, many happy returns*****

  21. Happy Birthday Pamela, wishing you a beautiful day filled with beautiful things.

  22. Happy Birthday, dear Pamela! What a sweet baby you were. Your celebration sounds ideal. Nice poem too. When you get back, check out the book I reviewed today, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I think you’d love it.

  23. Happy birthday, Pamela - you and my brother share this day for your birthdays!!! Love the photo - what a doll you are. Have a wonderful day and enjoy your time at The Island.

  24. Beautiful poem...and you live it out so well. Happy Birthday on the Island!

  25. happy happy birthday pamela. what better way to treat yourself; island, edward, strawberries.....

    and.....i love the poem

  26. May you have a wonderful birthday and year dear sounds like it is off to a good start. May you continue to spend your year "instructing yourself over and over in joy"... Mary Oliver is my most favorite of poets too...

  27. Many many splendid birthday wishes winging their way to you from my side of the world...hoping you've had a most amazing day *islanding*!

  28. Happy birthday, my friend! Your card will be late but my present to you is that I will soon be living less than 10 minutes away. Maybe the best really is yet to come! :)

    I hope you have a wonderful island adventure - let's talk soon!

  29. Oh, dear Pamela,
    Belated birthday greetings. I do hope that it was the BEST day EVER. I just LOVE birthdays. The whole day always seems so special and, I think that it's a reflection on my parents who always made it a wonderful day.
    I have to say that I have a photograph of me which is pretty similar to the one of you.!! Yours is gorgeous.
    Sorry that I was late to the party but, you know why !! Pesky little oysters !! XXXX

  30. Happy birthay Pamela - may your year be filled with many wonderful things! Leigh

  31. A slightly belated Happy Birthday, Pamela! I hope life on the island is the best present. Lovely poem too.

  32. Oh what a beautiful poem for a poetic and prolific Birthday Girl!

  33. Happy Birthday Pamela
    i hope the day and your celebrations are filled with happiness and joy! and as beautiful as this poem you have shared with us xx Julie

  34. Lovely poem, Pamela. Wishing you the very happiest birthday, and hoping you have a wonderful time at your secret getaway!

  35. Sending you my very best wishes that you have the persfect day!!!

  36. wishing you belatd happy birthday wishes, here's to many more wonderous discoveries through the coming year x x

  37. Happy Birthday, Pamela.

    On our dog blog, we've been in a puppy mode so it was timely -- and lovely -- to see you as a young pup!

    Jake and Just Harry, two wire fox terriers from South Florida and their mom, Joan.

  38. Happy birthday! (belated now, sorry!)
    I hope you had a deliriously happy one. Love the poem! suzie xxx

  39. Happy birthday Pamela..hugs from all of us:))

  40. Happy Birthday Dear Pamela!!
    Hope you have the most exceptional and lovely time.
    Oh you were such a pretty little one. Love the picture and the poem.
    Hugs, Donna

    You were such a cute baby who grew into a gorgeous woman!! XOXO :)

  42. Happy Birthday! What a lovely poem.

  43. a Very Happy Birthday (for the other day) - hope you were well and truly spoiled. Lovely poem - I haven't come across Mary Oliver before, but I shall make a point of looking out her poems now. That one is wonderful.

  44. Oh dear and beautiful Pamela, I feel like such a lowlife. My apologies for being so late in wishing you a wonderful birthday.
    Happy Birthday! May this new year be filled with wonder, beauty, laughter, friends and success.
    Love and hugs to you and Edward!

  45. Gorgeous poem. Have a very, very happy birthday, Pamela!

  46. Happy Birthday Pamela. Such a delightful photo of you!

  47. Happy belated birthday! Your picture is darling, the poem so fittingly wonderful, and a good way to mark you day. I hope you and Edward enjoyed the island.

    Many more.

  48. Oh my! Happiest Birthday wishes to you, dear Pamela!

    Hope you have a wonderful time!

    C x

  49. The verse is wonderful, and such a lovely photo of you! I do hope your day was just perfect. x

  50. A Belated Happy Birthday to you..I hope you had a good one.
    May this year be full of happiness, peace,wonderful dreams realized, and ever so many blessings for you!
    May God Bless you,

  51. Happy belated birthday - I think birthdays should last the whole month long! What a darling picture of you and the poem, ah, the poem . . . I hope you and Edward enjoyed your island time and send you wishes for many more birthdays.

  52. What a delightful birthday excursion Pamela. Wishing you a joyous weekend and birthday celebration with dear Edward & your sweet song-writer. I love Ms. Oliver's poem. I try each day to witness and appreciate the simplest of beauty and pleasure. In a world that celebrates wealth and opulence, I try to find joy in the small.

    Happy Birthday Friend xx

  53. Hope you had a lovely birthday :)

  54. Better late than never - so sorry I missed your special day - hope you had a wonderful time:)

  55. Oops! Miss that one - Happy Birthday!!!

  56. late. late late. but Charles and I hope you had the happiest of birthdays. Edward looks so elegant and majestic.

  57. A late Happy Birthday Pamela. You share it with my lovely daughter Rachael.
    I too, love mary Olivers work. The words you have chosen are very special.x

  58. I hope you had a wonderful birthday

  59. Happy birthday Pamela...i lost you for a while but so glad i found you again....that picture of edward on the beach is gorgeous....xx

  60. A belated Happy Birthday to you Pamela. It seems as though you enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for the introduction to Mary Oliver. The poem is quite beautiful.

  61. Dear Pamela,
    First, my apologies! I have been so behind in blogging lately, and I am just now starting to catch up! What a post of yours to come to tonight. I hope your birthday was every bit as beautiful as you are.

    You already know that I love Oliver, too, and this particular poem--be still my heart.

    All best wishes and thoughts to you! xo Gigi

  62. Hi Pamela,

    Happy belated birthday and I love the sweet photo of you as a little girl.
    How lovely having a break away at the Island.

    Enjoy your week

  63. Belated, but sincere, birthday wishes to you, dear Pamela!

    Mary Oliver's poem is perfection. That is the very sort of mindfulness which I strive for every day.

    LOVE the picture of Edward and the elegantly shod feet.


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