Posted by: Anonymous Me | April 25, 2011

Poem of the Week…

I just recently discovered the poetry of Mary Oliver, and her words speak truth to me.

The Journey
by Mary Oliver (1935 – )

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.



Me πŸ™‚



  1. Every time I read insightful poetry on your blog I get super self conscious of my blog’s content haha.

    • LOL! A – I am glad you found it insightful. B – Whenever I read your blog I worry my blog is too full of fluff, talks nothing about my actual life, and isn’t as funny as it should be. To each his/her own, I guess. πŸ™‚

      • Meh, there are PLENTY of sarcastic a-holes like me in the blogisphere. You actually write stuff worth reading πŸ˜‰

        • Aww! Thanks, Honey Bear!! I super appreciate that!! πŸ™‚

  2. I wonder what lies ahead. There. Here. Where.

    • Thanks so much for your comment and subscription! I appreciate it! πŸ™‚ I think we all wonder what lies ahead…Most people don’t deal well with walking into the unknown. ‘Every day is an act of faith.’ πŸ™‚

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