Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008 : A Continuing 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...

Journey by Mary Oliver, 1986

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