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.

by Mary Oliver

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Comments (5)

This is owesome, and you are wonderful, and your poems are shining, and delightedful. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I think this is the total truth of a friend... you have great artistic values keep using them=]
The poem is so true.
Arfa, a lovely poem for a lovely pal of yours! keep them coming! Preets
A nice dedication to someone you value highly. Keep friends with that person, they are worth their weight in gold. Love, Fran xx