The Journey: A Poem

April 7, 2018

 

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 their 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

 


 

 

 

 

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