Soul Food

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with
your one wild and precious life?
~Mary Oliver~ 

Poetry feeds the soul.  Sometimes a poem can touch our heart and alter us in some way – change the way we see the world and ourselves.  One of the reasons I started this blog was to challenge myself to lead a more creative life.  Reading poetry inspires me, but unfortunately it’s not often on my reading list, so I’ve decided to start sharing the poems that enkindle a flame in my heart – poems that light my fire!  By doing this I will be challenged to read more poetry, and, maybe in the sharing, introduce you to a poem you are not familiar with  – a poem that might touch your soul and light your fire!

Mary Oliver is a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most popular poets in the United States.  Her poems celebrate the natural world and much of her inspiration comes from her daily walks in the woods; as a young woman in Ohio, and now around her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  I am drawn to her poetry because it often makes me aware of feelings that are hidden deep within, encouraging me to travel beyond my concious experience and come face to face with my Self.

               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 know what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff  fingers
at the very foundations–                         
though the 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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2 Responses to Soul Food

  1. thank you for that amazing poem. I need to read it many times! ANDTHE PHOTO!!!!Don’t tell me you took those with your phone?
    Love you!!!

  2. suellen1234 says:

    I did take those with my phone, but I played with the color of the daisy in iPhoto. The poppies are as taken – just cropped them a bit. Did you see I redid Everyday Muses? I will NEVER do that again! Have a wonderful 4th of July. Lots of love, SE

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