Poem- The Spirit Likes to Dress Up by Mary Oliver

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Posted by Jess at 5:50 PM
This poem made me think of yoga asana, and how spirit inhabits the physical body and you can feel it when you practice in the way of steadiness and comfort. Hope you enjoy Mary Oliver's talent!

The Spirit Likes to Dress Up- by Mary Oliver


The spirit
likes to dress up like this:
ten fingers,
ten toes,

shoulders, and all the rest
at night
in the black branches,
in the morning

in the blue branches
of the world.
It could float, of course,
but would rather

plumb rough matter.
Airy and shapeless thing,
it needs
the metaphor of the body,

lime and appetite,
the oceanic fluids:
it needs the body's world,
instinct


and imagination
and the dark hug of time,
sweetness
and tangibility,

to be understood,
to be more than pure light
that burns
where no one is-

so it enters us-
in the morning
shines from brute comfort
like a stitch of lightning:

and at night
lights up the deep and wonderous
drownings of the body
like a star.