Mary Oliver

The Journey - Poem by Mary Oliver

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  • (9/14/2007 8:08:00 PM)

    As a 46 year old in the throughs of mid life 'challenges', this poem hit home. This is not to say that the truths contained herein do not apply to other times. I recall another time in my life, another epoch 15 years earlier where it also applied. At this point in my life, I find the the phrase 'mend my life' particularly poignant. After raising three great kids and looking forward to the second half to reconnect with my spouse and seek another level of fullfilment in the second half, many of those that we truly love want to hold us back by not encouraging us to seek our potential at whatever frontier we are drawn to by crying stay here with us or 'mend my life'. We love them still but must be true to ourselves. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/21/2006 11:38:00 PM)

    Journey is the truth offered in life's middle. We must go - alone - to the dark house
    of our fear, returning again and again until we see what we must do.

    Or so it seems. Passing houses warm and busy I wonder if only fools are required this pentence.
    Or if it is a choice, can the passage be as natural and effortless as breathing.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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