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September 15, 2017

4 Poems That Changed My Life - second Installment

Although not old, but just enough older than me to know more about life, Carol Flake mentored me into my fifties as I struggled to breathe new life into a very worn out way of living.  She introduced me to Mary Oliver’s, The Journey.  The last two lines have guided many of my decisions ever since.

 

     
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 voice 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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