Friday, April 15, 2011

Mary Oliver, "The Journey"

"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."

- Mary Oliver


  1. The only way to succeed is to some how muffle the little voices that say you can't. They once were right and now they are wrong.

  2. Maybe they were always wrong, R. Jacob, and we just didn't know it...

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