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Poetry Thursday, “The Journey” by Mary Oliver

          It’s hard to believe how the last months, as I’ve filled in behind the front desk, have flown. As if upon a sweet and swift wind. It has been a sincere pleasure to cross paths and to serve you all, however fleeting, in this humbling, sometimes daunting, extraordinary journey towards wellness. May you all be held and abundantly blessed on whatever paths you traverse. With deepest sincerity and honey in the heart. 

Molly 

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.

-Mary Oliver, from Dream Work

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