The Journey, By Mary Oliver


This poem was shared with me by my dear friend and coach, Meadow Devor.  I have experienced the heaviest moments of my life ever in recent days, and she shared this with me on one particularly hard day.  Don’t worry … I’m not dying, but part of me feels as if it is.  But with death, comes rebirth;  “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…” 

Today, my dear friend marries her best friend.  To have watched her life come full circle over the last 5 years is something I can only wish for my life in the next 5 years.  Meadow, you are an incredible woman, a true inspiration and a sweet voice which I know God sent into my life.  I love you and wish you a lifetime of joy with Tommy.  xoxo  allyson


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.

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