I’ve twice recently recommended Mary Oliver’s poem Gethsemane to others and so was prompted to share it here. It is a wonderful poem anytime, but seems particularly worth a read during this season of Lent.
Here it is:
The grass never sleeps.
Or the roses.
Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning.Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept.The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet,
and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body,
and heaven knows if it ever sleeps.Jesus said, wait with me. And maybe the stars did, maybethe wind wound itself into a silver tree, and didn’t move,maybe the lake far away, where once he walked as on a
lay still and waited, wild awake.Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut, that could not
keep that vigil, how they must have wept,
so utterly human, knowing this too
must be a part of the story.