Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | August 1, 2013

A Doorway into Thanks

Here is a short film of the poem ‘Praying’ by Mary Oliver. As a writer, this poem speaks to me as I reach to find that ‘doorway into thanks’. It also says much about  the importance of being present in the moment. When we focus our awareness – when we truly see – we can become witness to a world that magically expands in beauty and meaning before our very eyes. Mary Oliver knows all too well, that capturing life through words can help that shift in focus to occur. Writing, so often, becomes seeing…


It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

~ Mary Oliver ~



  1. This is beautiful, thank you for posting it. 🙂

  2. Perfection. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with us.

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