Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Writer's Almanac

I often gauge how late I'm running for work in the morning by where I am on the road when the 5 minute The Writer's Almanac segment comes on the radio. It's hosted by Garrison Keillor (from A Prairie Home Companion fame) and usually has an interesting tidbit or two that makes the five minutes worth the listen.

The segment always includes a reading of a poem. A few days ago there was one I particularly liked - you can read the full version here. It's The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver and ends with the following few lines:

Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Anyhow, if you don't have this little segment on your local public radio station, it is also available as a podcast. You might find it worth a listen.