One day you finally knew what you had to do…

The Journey by Mary Oliver

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.

http://www.2think.org/hii/journey.shtml

4 thoughts on “One day you finally knew what you had to do…

  1. Ok, I am officially in awe of this one… It speaks so deeply to my current posts and thoughts.

    I love, love how the poem turns here:

    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,

    –Wow. This is a keeper.

  2. Greetings Trish, it seems we resonate with the same poet. I just posted this poem on my own blog. I love the imagery that is evoked in her words.

    Liisa

    • Hi Liisa, Yes we do seem to be together on this one :) She just seems to nail concepts that seem to me only difuse knowings until I read her. I was very happy to come across her work. I’m very happy you dropped by too. Thanks. I’ll stop by your place and take a look at some of your other posts.

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