Mary Oliver Poem 'Don't Hesitate'

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don't hesitate.

Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed

or about to be.

We are not wise, and not often kind.

And much can never be redeemed.

Still, life has some possibility left.

Perhaps this is it's way of fighting back, that sometimes

something happens better than all the riches or power

in the world.

It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant

when love begins.

Anyway, that's often the case.

Anyway, whatever it is, don't be afraid of it's plenty.

Joy is not to be made to be a crumb.