“When Death Comes”

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.

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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.”

-An excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem, “When Death Comes”

I love this excerpt! I think I’ve already reread it about a dozen times. It’s a great outlook on living life to the fullest.

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