MKE Week 22 – The Summer Day

Mark asked us: « what is your favourite season? » I answered: the summer. I will drink each minute of every summer to the full…

Like Og Mandino, « I will live this day as if it is my last… Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price… Is [this day] another opportunity for me to become the [wo]man I know I can be? Is there a purpose in nature? »

Everything is a miracle. « Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of their creator? » .

Mandino’s readings have become like a daily prayer to me, a daily mantra.

For all these reasons, Mary Oliver‘s poem « The Summer Day » resonates in me. The MKE helps me replying to the questions asked in the poem, with confidence and happiness. Enjoy the reading.



Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean -

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down -

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver



2 thoughts on “MKE Week 22 – The Summer Day

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely poem! I enjoyed it so much. It reminded me of my childhood and of those wonderful moments as an adult when you just stop what you are doing or going to, to observe something in the nature for a breathless moment.

    1. Indeed, I love those instants too, we should actually repeat those moments when we stop the clock to admire nature….

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