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Poetry Friday: The Journey by Mary Oliver

August 5th, 2016 (06:00 am)
optimistic

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Song: California Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas

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.

- The Journey by Mary Oliver

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Comments

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: August 6th, 2016 11:45 am (UTC)

I'm hearing "Fight Song" as the soundtrack for this poem!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 6th, 2016 03:20 pm (UTC)

I really like Mary Oliver's work.

Posted by: Linda Mitchell (Linda Mitchell)
Posted at: August 10th, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
The little voice

you recognize as your own.
wow.
Thank you for this.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 10th, 2016 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: The little voice

:) Always listen to yourself and trust your gut! :)

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