The Only Life You Can Save

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Some people spend all their time trying to jump through the hoops that others hold in front of them.

That doesn’t interest me.

The only hoops I care to jump through are the ones I set in place myself: to reach my goals, my dreams, my highest potential.

Hoop Game

I can’t think of anyone who has said this better than Mary Oliver:

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.

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About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to The Only Life You Can Save

  1. Carol Boyer says:

    Carol-

    Great poem. You always do them so well. Thanks for the wake up call to listen to ones own voice.

    Keep creating
    Hugs

    Carol

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