"The Journey" - A Poem by Mary Oliver

Discussion in 'Positive Feelings and Motivational Messages' started by Xian, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Xian

    Xian Well-Known Member

    Mary Oliver is a great poet who wrote this awesome poem. I hope that a lot of us will be inspired by it...


    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.