Poetry Friday: Mary Oliver

I like to give the mornings to those first good thoughts.
— Mary Oliver

If you crave summer beans after reading this poem, try this colorful salad from The First Mess, or slow cooked beans with anchovies from Food & Wine.

Beans Green and Yellow

By Mary Oliver 

In fall
it is mushrooms
gathered in dampness
under the pines;
in spring
I have known the taste of the lamb
full of milk
and spring grass;
today
it is beans green and yellow
and lettuce and basil
from my friend’s garden -
how calmly,
as though it were an ordinary thing,
we eat the blessed earth.

From Swan: Poems and Prose Poems