“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world”

A Sunflower field in Michigan, my Michigan — Author’s photo

Mary Oliver’s poem ‘When Death Comes’ is her most famous for a reason: It resonates with everyone.

It’s here:

When death comes 
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when

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