When Death Comes

Carol Naranjo performs When Death Comes, a poem by Mary Oliver.

CarolNFrom Carol: “I’ve been acutely aware, for as long as I can remember, that I’ve always been ‘preparing’ to live my life. It has been a struggle for me to live ‘in the moment’, eventually cultivating a rather nihilistic perspective. I even failed in the face of life-changing events to realize how brief and precious our stay is, and how lucky I am to be here, particularly to have so many blessings; a loving family,  spouse, an education, a career, even an avocation or two. After many decades on this earth, I think, with the help of soul-giving people like Wren and my classmates, I can no longer waste anymore precious moments in worrying about ‘what I  accomplished’. It is time to live. Mary Oliver’s poem dragged it from my recalcitrant brain and gently pushed  it into my heart.”

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