Today’s poem of the day comes from Mary Oliver. I find it to be a very comforting poem for me. I have never particularly cared what other people thought of me. I’ve tried my best to live my life on my terms. Sometimes, like everyone, I fall into caring a little too much what other people think. I’m not sure it’s as much caring what people think as much as not wanting to fail at something. It’s hindered my writing at times, because I tend to hold back a bit and worry what others will say about what I write. But, lately, I’ve really been trying to re-evaluate my life and my choices. I’ve come to realize that each of us only has one life. When it comes down to it, we come into this world alone and go out alone. I’m the only one taking the steps I take every day, feeling the thoughts I feel, living with the choices I make. I’ve become much better at tuning out all those voices that drown out my own voice every day. Now, I’m screaming at the top of my lungs for all to hear!!!

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.


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