Friday, December 14, 2012

Poem of the Day

The Journey 

One day you finally knewwhat you had to do, and began,

though the voices around youkept 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

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