The Journey

The Journey

Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and
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

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This isĀ  one of the earliest poems that guided me and helped give me courage to be more of myself, “determined to save the only life [I] could save” as the final line tells us.

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