The Journey

I guess every one of her poems that I post is my favorite, but this one really is!

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 ~

Determine to save

The only life you could save.

~ Mary Oliver

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