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To live in this world,
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

© 1996/2003 Mary Oliver. Excerpted from “In Blackwater Woods.” New and selected poems. Boston: Beacon Press, p.177. Dedicated here to S.

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