The Journey by Mary Oliver

The Journey by Mary Oliver

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 that you could save.

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2 thoughts on “The Journey by Mary Oliver

  1. Hi Kit

    I have been involved in the Wellness / Personal Growth worlds for 15 years, and this is the first time I have met this wonderful poem. It is inspiring when you finally connect with your authentic self, the inner voice that supports you. This is one of the outcomes that I hold when I am working with my clients. It is perhaps one of the greatest indicators of personal growth, when a client stops berrating themselves, and starts being kind to themselves.

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