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The Journey (a Poem)

The Thursday tradition continues—where I share a poem with you that I’ve written, or one I love. The following is a poem I adore by Mary Oliver called “The Journey.” It’s about making the decision to leave behind your excuses and step into your destiny.

I hope you love this poem as much as I have.

the-journey

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 was 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.

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