The Journey

18 Apr

In honor of National Poetry Month – and in honor of my favorite poet, Mary Oliver.

And in honor of the path that I am on.

The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice–

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do–

determined to save

the only life you could save.


3 Responses to “The Journey”

  1. Kim (@RTWsomanyplaces) April 18, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I love Mary Oliver. This is one of my favorite poems of all time. Thanks for reminding me. I’m going to share this on my SMP Facebook page.

    • planetaurora April 18, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      yes, it is a good one — almost hard to choose which I love the best of all the ones I love!

      On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM, planetaurora

  2. bzalto April 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Absolutely great! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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