The Sweetness of Dogs, from “Dog Songs” (2013), Mary Oliver

What do you say, Percy? I am thinking
of sitting out on the sand to watch
the moon rise. It’s full tonight.
So we go

and the moon rises, so beautiful it
makes me shudder, makes me think about
time and space, makes me take
measure of myself: one iota
pondering heaven. Thus we sit, myself

thinking how grateful I am for the moon’s
perfect beauty and also, oh! how rich
it is to love the world. Percy, meanwhile,
leans against me and gazes up
into my face. As though I were just as wonderful
as the perfect moon.

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Moonlight Sonata arranged and performed by Marcin (from the 1st and 3rd movements)

A Pretty Song, da “Thirst” (2005), Mary Oliver

From the complications of loving you
I think there is no end or return.
No answer, no coming out of it.
Which is the only way to love, isn’t it?

This isn’t a play ground, this is
earth, our heaven, for a while.
Therefore I have given precedence
to all my sudden, sullen, dark moods

that hold you in the center of my world.
And I say to my body: grow thinner still.
And I say to my fingers, type me a pretty song.
And I say to my heart: rave on.

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David Garrett, Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven, Violin Concerto Op 61

Chi non ha trovato il Cielo, Emily Dickinson

Chi non ha trovato il Cielo – quaggiù –
Lo mancherà lassù –
Perché gli Angeli affittano Casa vicino alla nostra,
Ovunque ci spostiamo –

(Trad. Giuseppe Ierolli)

Who has not found the Heaven

Who has not found the Heaven – below –
Will fail of it above –
For Angels rent the House next our’s,
Wherever we remove –