and, when the time comes

“and,when the time comes, to let it go, to let it go” This is the hardest thing…

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“to live in this world

you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”

Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Volume One
Painting by Mark Boyle

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