Monday, March 14, 2011

the only life

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.

~Mary Oliver


also, when did my hair turn completely brown from blonde? when did my eyes become more green than brown? There are times when I feel as though I'm shedding anything I was not, unveiling everything I really am.


Sea Angels said...

Beautiful x inside and out x
Lynn x

Jesska said...

Oh Katie, this absolutly beautiful! You are beautiful and I love you so very very much!

Alma Art said...

Absolute truth. Beautiful.

Graciel said...

Beautiful Katie!

Counting down the days with you until the farm steps out of your dreams and into the light of real life. You inspire me!