Wild Geese and Imagination

Hello Friends,

I’ve seen flocks of geese flying overhead here recently, and it reminds me of this poem by Mary Oliver that I thought I’d share with you. It’s one of my favorites.

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

You do not have to be good. You do not have to be perfect. There is a place for each of us in the family of things. A message I needed to hear today.

I was straightening up in the studio last week, and I had some cutout pieces left over from this collage.

Cassandra Tondro collage

Should I throw them away, or should I save them? A tough decision, but then a third option came to me — use them!

The collage was a bit too rigid, so I used the leftover pieces to loosen it up and make it more interesting.

It had been titled “Separation,” but now it seems to be the opposite — “Connections.” So that’s its new name.

Cassandra Tondro collage

“Connections,” 24 x 30 inches, collage on wood panel

Creativity sometimes requires flexibility! As Mary Oliver said, the world calls to us asking us to use our imagination.

Where does imagination show up for you? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,


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