still saturday: every morning


Every morning I walk like this around
the pond, thinking: if the doors of my heart
ever close, I am as good as dead.

Every morning, so far, I’m alive. And now
the crows break off from the rest of the darkness
and burst up into the sky–as though

all night they had thought of what they would like
their lives to be, and imagined
their strong, thick wings.

~Mary Oliver, in “Landscape,” New and Selected Poems, Volume One


In the stillness,


Sandra Heska King - Still Saturday

Welcome to the Still Saturday Community where we pause after a busy week, move in quiet pilgrimage, maybe linger a while in some still place, and soak in the beauty of images and words. We’d love for you to join us. Get the details on the left, grab your favorite button, and link up below. We all love to hear if something especially speaks to your heart, but please don’t feel pressured to comment. Simply take some time to gaze long and drink deep.

NOTE 2/24/14: As you may have noticed, Linky Tools had a major hard drive and backup failure over the weekend. Everything is fixed and running now, but images posted prior (from December 2013) have so far not been recovered–and doing so may be impossible. The links, however, still work. The service owner has set new safeguards in place and begs prayers and forgiveness. So sorry for the inconvenience.


  1. says

    What a beautiful post! And I loved the photos. Your simple post today is speaking stillness to my heart…


    (I couldn’t get the thumbnail to work yesterday or today, so I linked up using the generic Linky Tool icon. Not so pretty, but wanted to still join the party. Hopefully, whatever’s going on will be fixed shortly…)
    Sharon recently posted..MY DAD – A LAST REMEMBRANCE

    • says

      I didn’t even know you could use a generic Linky Tool. Linky Tool’s hard drive disintegrated/blew up/burned up/died or something. It’s fixed now, so should be back in order next week. So far, they’re still trying to reclaim a couple months’ worth of images…but the links all work. So sorry for the inconvenience, Sharon. :(

  2. says

    What a beautiful poem! How very true … if the doors of our hearts ever close, we are as good as dead. So grateful that this morning I am alive. May He keep my heart open & ever feeling. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this poem!
    Joanne Viola recently posted..From The Fish


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