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"I go down to the shore"

A poem by Mary Oliver. (1935 -2019)

I came upon this today while my son was doing his final packing for university and London (UCL) and it lifted me up. I hope it will do the same for you. I would like to illustrate it in my own way, I may do that, perhaps you will, too!?


I go down to the shore in the morning

and depending on the hour the waves

are rolling in or moving out,

and I say, oh, I am miserable,

what shall —

what should I do? And the sea says

in its lovely voice:

Excuse me, I have work to do.

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