Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Journey

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

More later,



  1. Oooh, I love the colors of this piece. Is this that long canvas you ordered from Blick? You sure made quick work out of it!

  2. Great painting Sharon, the story's fascinating.

  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! This is hauntingly beautiful, Sharon! LOVE it! smiles...

  4. this has to be the most beautiful thing i have seen in quite some mouth is hanging believe i must possess she for sale???...blessings, rebecca

  5. I do believe this knocked the wind out of me for a moment. It's beauty and soulfulness was like a strong gust of a great and mighty wind!
    To possess even a fraction of your talent would be a great gift! I have that exact size canvas that's been blank and mocking me for weeks now. You have one for what? a day...and look at that! WOW!!

  6. This piece of Mary Oliver's almost slayed me the first time I came across it. It is very dear to my heart.......and you did the prose proud!!! Absolutely, positively stunning!!

    xo Rella

  7. This is an amazing, stunning piece. Wonderful.

  8. What a beautiful painting Sharon. The colours are wonderful.

  9. That is my absolute most favorite poem Sharon! Your artwork is just breathtaking! What a gift you have...what a talent!!! Blessings!

  10. I'm a long time fan of Mary Oliver. This piece just takes my breath away.


  11. The colors just jump off of the canvas! I especially love the dress!

  12. It's just amazing what you did with my napkins!They have been sitting in a drawer collecting for a couple years. I need to get cracking with them myself.Thanks for showing me the way.xo suze

  13. oh my gosh...this is just it!

  14. Absolutely Beautiful!
    Both Painting and Poem.

    Glad I found you through
    Lani's blog.

    Poem is something I really
    needed to read.


  15. LOve the colors in this. It's got a spiritual quality, I think. And you keep making me wat to do one of those Pringle cans dang it! And I don't even bake cookies. OK I suppose I can find another use for it. lol Happy Day N!

  16. As if the painting wasn't magnificent enough but a Mary Oliver poem too!!!!!!!!

  17. I think my favorite piece to date!
    Oh, but how can I say that because they are all gorgeous!
    This one though ~ breathtakingly gorgeous!!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!
    Sandy :)

  18. A beautiful poem by Mary Oliver and a luscious and breathtaking painting to accompany it!

  19. haunting...beautifully haunting piece, all the more so with the story you tell.
    xo katie

  20. This is amazing! The colors.. the words... oh my!
    I am curious how you got the words on the canvas... paint? pen?

  21. Absolutely lovely!! I love the addition of the wording.