Jake Gyllenhaal Quotes “Wild Geese” Poem by Mary Oliver

In his Sam Jones interview on Off Camera, Jake Gyllenhaal paraphrases a beautiful Mary Oliver poem, Wild Geese. Her words bring me back to myself today, remind me what it means to be a human being in the world, the possibility and reckless adventure it can hold.

“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 your 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.”

~Mary Oliver

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