Friday, April 9, 2010

The Journey

In honor of April being
national Poetry month
my favorite poem from Mary Oliver

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 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!

Mary Oliver

photo by Ed Earley

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