The Journey

Sometimes an author’s work will speak to us because in it we see something that reminds us of ourselves and our own journey.  That’s exactly how I feel when I read Mary Oliver’s work.

the journey.jpgI thought I would share a poem that I see particularly fitting for right now. Given that we’re entering a new year, many of us are embarking on personal journeys.  Whether they’re new ones or we’re continuing on with ones we started long ago.

The Journey resonates with me personally because I started this blog as a means to push myself to write regularly, to be honest and vulnerable, and to help me find my voice.

We’re all on our own unique journeys, but we do not walk alone.  We must never forget that.

I wish you the best in 2016.  May your journey be a beautiful one.

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.

The Journey, Mary Oliver

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