Sad to learn that the American poet Mary Oliver has passed away. I always enjoy her keen obervational poems that show her high attentiveness to the natural world. Read some of her poetry on the Poetry Foundation.

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

From “When Death Comes” - Mary Oliver

Just love this picture of Moai at Rano Raraku, Easter Island by Horacio Fernandez, how they are just scattered seemingly randomly and half disappearing into the ground. Reminds me also of the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
Moais, Isla de Pascua - By Horacio Fernandez

Moais, Isla de Pascua - By Horacio Fernandez

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

I stumbled on this poem by Emily Dickinson, which seems to be about how anonymity is preferable to being famous. I also think it seems fitting as criticizing the ways of trying to be Somebody, constraining your identity (crafting and curating your online identity) and publicly announcing it (#croaking-like-a-frog), and maybe we can just try being Nobody. I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us!

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