One Wild and Precious Life | Remembering Kitty


The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver

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?


(All photos in this post are shared with consent from Kitty's family.)

The sailing community joins Kitty's family in mourning her passing. Here are other posts that do a better job of putting into words what I cannot.

From Melissa:

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From Behan:

From Brittany:

From Anne:

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From Cindy:

Kitty's family has asked that donations be sent to Equusearch in memory of Kitty.

This post originally appeared on our Rebel Heart blog on May 4, 2015.