The Journey

August 18, 2009

A friend of mine accidentally gave me this poem, and I accidentally read it.  It accidentally struck just the tender chord in me, so I am with intentionality and purpose including it here without any commentary or insight of my own, just to rest in the knowledge that yes, someone else knows what it is to walk alone.


“The Journey” (by Mary Oliver)

old_houseOne 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.

pathIt 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 that you could save.

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