Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday Wisdom

I am trying something new today, maybe I'll make it a regular thing: something to ponder, words far wiser and lovelier than my own. No matter what our original intentions, I suspect we blog and visits blogs for more than just entertainment. I think sometimes we are seeking our own true voices.

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 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.

4 comments:

Jannie said...

Beth, you are a wonderful poet too. Again, I am glad to have found your blog.

And yes, I do believe we are seeking our true voices in blogging. Well put!

Jannie said...

Okay, well THAT whoops was by mary Oliver, but yours is the heart of a poet. And your prose as good as I've read (And believe me, I know bad writing, I did it almost exclusively for a long long time.)

Rockzee said...

There are no truer words. Thanks for the reminder. And for giving us some poetry today. Much needed.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

thank-you for the poem this morning. very nice.