Life is a Journey

Tonight at sundown is the start of Passover, one of my favorite holidays. I love how the story of Exodus, freedom, and liberation continually renews itself, and the way the story continues to renew us as a people. And in that vein of following the path to freedom, I offer The Journey, by Mary Oliver.

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 melencholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night
abd the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind
the stars began to burn
through sheets of clouds,
and their 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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