This World, Not Simply Visited


I took a few shots of a street mural down the way from my home in Auckland a couple of days ago, and now present a portion of it detailing a world globe.

Very cool… I love maps and globes of all sorts and will give the artist some leeway in the geographical accuracy stakes!

Anyway, I post this as I am off to the other side of the world, Europe, on Sunday, for the first time in thirty years. Just a tad excited, and like all tourists, I have been busy plotting and planning the places I most want to visit in the pretty limited amount of time I have.

Which brings this visitor-in-waiting to the below words from a favourite poet,which certainly give food for thought:


” When it’s over, I want to say all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.


When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real.


I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.


I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”


– Mary Oliver, excerpt from “When Death Comes”