The Journey

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  • tonic

    I had to chose a poem to memorize and recite and I found one by a poet who I've enjoyed for several years now. It seems to fit the situation that many of us found/find ourselves in. It's very comforting when we all realize that there are so many who face the same thing one way or another:


    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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