The Journey

Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and

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

though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,


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