Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "Journey" by Mary Oliver

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.

--Mary Oliver


Larri said...

Wow. This speaks volumes. Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday, dear friend! ☺

Old Kitty said...

Powerful emotive and so true! Love it! Thanks BB! Take care

Leah J. Utas said...

A good reminder.

Lin said...

I love Mary Oliver. She just has a way of knowing, doesn't she?

"..and put your lips to the world and live your life"


Elizabeth Grimes said...

I sure can identify with this. Thanks for posting!

Alison said...

Wow, very powerful. I suspect you're feeling stronger these days. Yay!

(Only one more review day and two days of exams for me to get through...hope your semester is wrapping up smoothly.)

Jules said...

Dang, what a "to the point" poem. Sounds like your cloud is lifting Ms. Betty. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Mary@GigglesandGuns said...

Definitely a poem of empowerment.
Thanks for sharing!


julie fedderson said...

Every time I read this poem I am empowered. I ran across it on Linda Gray's blog a few months ago and it came at a time I really needed perspective. Thank you for posting it; it's truly beautiful.

Slamdunk said...

You always find meaningful words to share Betty. Keep up the good work.

Talli Roland said...

Wonderfully powerful. Thanks, Betty.

Brian (not the cat) said...

This one brought tears to my eyes, for you.

Ms. A said...

Very appropriate! Very.

My Mind's Eye said...

Oh BB...Ms. Oliver put some very powerful and meaningful words together. Excellent choice.
Big hugs from Madi and Mom to you our most amazing friend!!

annie said...

Good poem. May the stars continue to shine brighter through the clouds for you each and every day, Betty.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is powerful!

Baby Sister said...

Very wow. I think I need to make this my life theme right now. Thanks for this. :) *hugs*

Anonymous said...

Love this!

Out on the prairie said...

Mary is so nice to read.

CiCi said...

This is amazing, and so needed in my life right now. I will print this out and put it where I will read it as often as I need to every day. I am hanging on by my fingernails right now.

The Green Streak said...

I used this in my senior English classes. They probably kind of understood it then. I'm sure they understand it now. It has such a powerful and special meaning for all of us who love you, Betty.

Lazarus said...

Thanks BB for my regular poetry fix, this is the only place I get it (other than the Nantucket Man poems my friends recite...)!!!

Sueann said...

This is wonderful!! And good advice! Save yourself first and then help others!!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

This poem is the reason Mary Oliver's a favorite. So glad you posted it.
Take care, Betty.

Pat Tillett said...

LOVE that one! It's so darn true also...

Connie said...

Oh my goodness. That one was powerful. I loved that.

Cynthia said...

One of my favorite poems. It is the story of my life. Oh, wait! It's the story of EVERYONE'S life!