- Yellow, and: The Ocean
There is the heaven we enter through its institutional grace and there are the yellow finches bathing and singing in the lowly puddle.
As the tide comes in the beautiful ocean laps upward; as it leaves it hisses over the wet sand.
Never yet has it spoken of anything personal. [End Page 96]
Mary Oliver’s most recent book is The Truro Bear and Other Adventures (Beacon, 2008). She is the recipient of the National Book Award, the Christopher Award, the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.