“Mindful” by Mary Oliver is a wonderfully succinct way to describe the mission of Nature in the Now. We want to inspire and provide a publishing nest for poets and photographers to travel out into nature today and every day, to capture and witness the ongoing presence of the natural world in our day to day lives and share it with the world.


“Mindful” by Mary Oliver


I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?


“Mindful” by Mary Oliver from Why I Wake Early. © Beacon Press, 2005.