Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sharing a Poem

This poem was shared with me from  another yoga teacher, it was so profound, so truthful, I had to share it with you all.  The words have haunted me all day......."the only life you could save."

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 ~
(Dream Work)


  1. Jilda, I tried to appropriate the poem but somehow I failed miserably. I guess there a reason why I can't appropriate it at this time but I don't know why. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you healing peace and contentment.

  2. It's lovely - love the stars burning through sheets of clouds imagery!!

    Have a glorious 2013 Jilda! take care