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What Things Want

You have to let things
Occupy their own space.
This room is small,
But the green settee

Likes to be here.
The big marsh reeds,
Crowding out the slough,
Find the world good.

You have to let things
Be as they are.
Who knows which of us
Deserves the world more?


Copyright © 2012 by Robert Bly. Used with permission of the author.


Robert Bly

Robert Bly was born on December 23, 1926, in Madison, Minnesota.

Date Published: 2012-02-06

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