April 13: Percy (Nine)

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Percy (Nine)

Your friend is coming I say
to Percy, and name a name

and he turns to the door, his
wide mouth in its laugh-shape,

and waves, since he has one, his tail.
Emerson, I am trying to live,

as you said we must, the examined life.
But there are days I wish

there was less in my head to examine,
not to speak of the busy heart. How

would it be to be Percy, I wonder, not
thinking, not weighing anything, just running forward.

— Mary Oliver

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