14.1.07

The Journey

One day as 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
brances 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

6 comments:

Michelle said...

this is a great poem for new year's resolution time!

sherrie said...

i love how at the end the narrator realizes he/she doesn't have to hear the other voices and can finally listen her own. that's inspiring - about self realization and making the step to save her own life.

Angela said...

I love your new heading for your blog! That is so awesome!

christine said...

Sherrie did it for me--isn't it fabulous? :0)

Elizabeth C said...

That is a very insightful poem Christine!

Elizabeth C said...

That is very cool, heading Christine, just saw it, it is fab!