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Honor


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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.

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Way

The Journey

I was contemplating this poem for a while now – a kind of internal meditation for me – how strongly it expresses courage and self love as right things in life…

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The Journey

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One day I finally knew what I had to do, and began,

though the voices around me kept shouting their bad advice,

though the whole house began to tremble

and I felt the old tug at my ankles.

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“Mend my life!” each voice cried. But I didn’t stop.

I knew what I had to do, though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers at the very foundations,

though their melancholy was terrible.

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It was already late enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen branches and stones.

But little by little, as I left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which I slowly recognized as my own,

that kept me company as I strode deeper and deeper into the world,

determined to do the only thing I could do,

determined to save the only life I could save.

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–  adapted from Mary Oliver

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