“The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver

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

I first read those last two lines of Mary Oliver‘s poem “The Summer Day” when The Power of Introverts author Susan Cain posted it as a June 2 status update on her Facebook fan page. “How do YOU answer Mary Oliver’s question?” she asked.

That’s just the kind of question I like to ponder.

In the meantime, here’s a hand-lettered version of the poem by San Francisco–based artist + illustrator Lisa Congdon: Day 178 of her 365 Days of Hand Lettering.

Remind me to read more Mary Oliver. After reading Tim Kreider’s “The ‘Busy’ Trap” in The New York Times’ Opinionator, I want there always to be room for poetry in my life.


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