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Wild Geese - Mary Oliver



Andrew

This is re posted.


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Larry

All right, we're continuing the poetry series in my garage, where we read poems, and Andrew waxes poetic about what we just beautiful words that come out. I don't think anyone has ever said that I've


Andrew

waxed poetic. I sit down all the time. Okay, Andrew. Andrew is waxing poetic. And


Larry

today we're looking at a poem from Mary Oliver, as you know, a naturalist who writes poems about nature. One of the most famous poems is wild geese, I'm gonna read the whole thing because I don't think it's that long. I'll read it, I'll read it fast. You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk in your knees for 100 miles through the desert repenting, you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about the spare yours. And I will tell you about mine. Meanwhile, the world goes on. Meanwhile, the sun in the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes over the prairies in the jeep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile, the wild geese high in the clean blue air are headed home again, whoever you are, no matter how lonely the world offers itself to your imagination, calls you like the wild geese harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in a family of things.


Andrew

I feel like this is the antithesis of what you say on this podcast,


which This to me is the participation trophy. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves that to me that's like what I say and follow your bliss into you. I mean, it's like, follow what you love versus get a paycheck to be able to pay for your three kids working two jobs at CVS.


Larry

Yeah, you know,


Andrew

I think that's the whole point of the poem. But I think the beginning of it, that's what I got from


Larry

it. You know, if it's funny, you say that about me, because I think, um, I have some artistic tendencies. And I could see myself wanting to become an artist. But I definitely have a work ethic. Like, I think I'm a 5050. Like when we do any exams that people type things. I kind of come up artistic, but I definitely have like, like, true artistic person. I have one who's a father of two, and refuses almost to kind of get a job. Yeah. And the wife has to provide because he's artistic. And I'm always like, Hey, man, you decided to have kids and a mortgage and a life like, you got a, you don't get to just be the cool artist who doesn't have a job anymore.


Andrew

Right? So I mean, I don't know what Mary is trying to say the I mean, do you get the overall feeling from this bone that she's like, follow where the world takes you and find your bliss? I mean, because it's kind of how it reads to me. But again, I don't know much about poetry.


Larry

I, my sense of what she was saying was that every once in a while I don't you look up at this guy like I, I've told you, I've had this practice during the pandemic, where I go outside, I try to when it's sunrise, and I go outside, and the thing that I've most noticed about the pandemic, is that the birds are going crazy. Maybe I wasn't paying attention before. But when I go outside to stare at the sky, there's so many birds. Like maybe I wasn't noticing that maybe the birds have come out since the pandemic, but you really notice how many birds are out there.


Andrew

Yeah, did you wake up and smell the roses?


Larry

I did not make up to smell the roses. I went outside look at the sky. And I've just noticed there's so many birds and then oftentimes I'll stare at the birds. It'd be like the birds flapping its wings. And he's like going somewhere. I'm like, Where's that bird in a hurry to? Like little like, what that Bert? Why is it going so fast flapping its wings, like, Where's it going? As a bird has an appointment?


Andrew

It's got a it's going to LinkedIn, hopefully to work in the inside sales department. I mean, the beginning of this poem I don't really like and then it kind of gets later into Meanwhile, wherever you are, no matter how lonely the world offers itself, to your imagination, basically saying if you're willing to be open to it, you can accept or like broaden your horizons. I think like you're saying maybe you didn't hear the birds before. And now you've taken a step back and you can accept it more than before. Okay, so


Larry

to follow up on that with you. I feel like that happened with this podcast, like you're an actor. The pandemic happens, tryouts, auditions kind of close up a little bit. You have this idea for a podcast that feels like you sort of followed it in it. And it's led to this like almost 160 episodes. Our partnership, all this.


Andrew

Yeah, I don't know if that is me. Like not crawling on my knees. I think maybe I don't know if I'm 5050 or not. But yeah, I think it's in a woowoo sign kind of way like a former guest as that I was willing to listen to the universe. And I think a lot of times people have a plan of what they want to do. It's like this is how I'm going to do that door closes and they keep banging their head against that door versus looking left and right. Be like oh, There's only 16 inches of wall, I can walk around the door versus like going in a straight line. So my kind of approach to the entertainment industry has been like being like waterfall, the path of least resistance.


Larry

Okay, so let's get back to the universe thing though. I feel like you did that, like you were an engineer. And you were working and you were getting a lot of acting jobs. And you're like, maybe the universe is telling me I should do this full time and you went to LA to pursue it. You don't think that's what you did?


Andrew

I mean, maybe it was it was a little bit more pragmatic than that. It was more Matt Damon and Ben Affleck inspired me I had to go, I had to go see about a girl like I didn't want in goodwill hunting. I didn't want to not pursue acting and wonder what could have been like, I rather go and fail. And know what happened and continue on the path that I knew pretty much within two degrees, how it would end up and regret what could have been,


Larry

have you ever then sort of said like, hey, what is the universe trying to tell me right now? And then did that? Is that like a practice?


Andrew

It's not a practice. It's,


Larry

but have you ever done it?


Andrew

I have done it. I've done it. And I think sometimes when I one time, I was in Lake Tahoe. And I entered in a blackjack tournament, which I didn't even know existed. I want like $500 and I was driving home and I was like, I am going to do something irresponsible. This is money I wasn't expecting and go buy a PlayStation or whatever, I'm gonna buy something I would never buy. I went to sleep. And the next morning, I was like, I'm gonna put it in savings. And I transferred it. And so like, I tried to listen to like the symbols. But I got so much more comfort out of keeping the money, then I don't know if that is really listen to the universe, but it's like I tried to but sometimes pragmatic views prevail.


Larry

I mean, I know that sounds like really kooky like trying to listen to the universe. I think


Andrew

the biggest hurdle of listening to the universe is getting over saying that you listen to the universe, like you can phrase it another way, but like I even roll my eyes when I say that I listened to the universe. I mean, you can package it in different ways. But I think that's basically what it is.


Larry

Once again, it does sound who who, but I feel like famous people like Steve Jobs sat long enough to go like, Oh, we need to combine the mp3 in the phone. Right? There's all sorts of these ideas where if you sit still and up, the idea comes and the universe speaks to you. I think I will say this. I've been I heard this podcast there was a guy was talking about how he much he loves surfing. Yeah, like he likes he likes surfing so much that he likes driving. They're like getting on the wetsuit likes walking on the sand, like going in the ocean, like, like, Oh, that's the part I hate about going to the waters like getting sand on your feet, putting on a wetsuit cold water. Well, it's also a but this person loves every part of it. So I've been ever since I heard this. I was like, What is the universe trying to tell me if something that I love that much that I want to do it all the time? Yeah. So I'm waiting on a sign that it should be rollerblading. I'm really hoping the universe is telling you to become a full blast.


Andrew

I don't think it's you passively. Wait.


Larry

Nobody here is I really mean is. I told me why. Even a month, someone randomly hands me a pair of rollerblades. That'll be the universe. Tell me.


Andrew

What if you put it in your Amazon cart. Two days from now you still want it?


Larry

I'm not gonna put in my own sucker. I'm saying let's have Cisco. I'm saying some dudes gonna be like, Hey, man, he's so fit me anymore. You want them and like, the universe is telling me later? Yeah. And then when my wife says like you, you start wearing shorts. Sure. Yeah.


Andrew

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