Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
While the soul, after all, is only a window,
and the opening of the window no more difficult than the wakening from a little sleep.
—Mary Oliver, an astonishing poet and frequent contributor to Parabola Magazine. The passage is an excerpt from her poem "Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches" from her collection "West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems," (Mariner Books, 1997). Photography Credit: Mariana Cook/Penguin Press