Motivation in Poetry

I consider myself quite the positive person, but as I have mentioned in other posts; It can be hard to be positive in a negative world.

Some days I need a cup of extra motivation. I find this motivation in poetry, literature and art in general. I find it in smiles, friends and kind words. I find it my son, my family and flowers on the ground.

I needed a little of that motivation today, and as I searched around for poetry that was new to me I stumbled upon Mary Oliver and her poem “The Journey”. Now I’m sharing it with you.

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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
mary-oliver
Have a great day!
And don’t forget:
Bj5fxkgCQAAHxW-– Nishan Panwar
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