The Journey

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 ...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, excerpt from "The Journey"

Sharing with Becca, with special thanks to Stargardener, for introducing me to this lovely poem!