‘Moments’ a poem by Mary Oliver

If a poem could serve as a commencement speech, ‘Moments’ by Mary Oliver would be the choice.

On this Mother’s Day weekend, the Friday Poem offers wisdom that could be shared by mom at the dinner table or a renowned speaker addressing a gathering of graduates.


There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.

Like, telling someone you love them.

Or giving your money away, all of it.


Your heart is beating, isn’t it?

You’re not in chains, are you?


There is nothing more pathetic than caution

when headlong might save a life,

even, possibly, your own.


Mary Oliver   ‘Felicity’   2016


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