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    Inspired by Harvard's Portrait Project, the Crossland English Department ends each school    year by asking our students to reflect on the journey ahead.  We pose a seemingly simple question taken from the last lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver:  "...what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" 

       Summer Day

         Who made the world?
         Who made the swan, and the black bear?
         Who made the grasshopper?
         This grasshopper, I mean-
         the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
         the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
         who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
         who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
         Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
         Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
         I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
         I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
         into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
         how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
         which is what I have been doing all day.
         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?

                                                                      ~Mary Oliver
    with your one wild and precious life?