Sunday, April 13, 2008

A New Poem

Sometimes a poet comes along and changes your life, Mary Oliver has done that for me. She has inspired me to write more, better and often the words that are within me. I only hope that someday I can write poetry as profound as hers. I have been writing a lot this month for National Poetry Month, and mostly it's been crap just to get something on paper or screen. It has, however, given me seed for future poems, and just the realization that I have the ability to do it if I put my mind to it. This most recent poem I have read is truly profound, I recommend it to all. Here's just a snippet, but the last line is truly the most stunning, I'll let you read it yourself.

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

1 comment:

Cloudscome said...

This is a lovely one! I like Mary Oliver very much too.