Like reading Mary Oliver

Reading the late Mary Oliver,
I have a bookmark marking a favorite poem.

It used to be
a long piece of brown paper,

The handle of a paper bag.
I read a few more poems

And then a few more,
marking the ones I like

With the brown paper bookmark.
The bookmark gets shorter and shorter.

As I get older, each day is unique,
not amazing, just unique

Like a Mary Oliver poem
except not one of her best.

Maybe more like one
that didn’t make the anthology.

But the point is
I am bookmarking more and more of my days

Because they are becoming
more and more like poems.

And the bookmarks are
getting shorter and shorter.

But that doesn’t bother me.
Should it?


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