NaPoWriMo Day 25: A Borrowed Start


Hello! I could get behind today’s prompt: pick the first line of a poem and build your poem from there. I thought of Robert Frost’s “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” and Mary Oliver’s “You don’t have to be good,” and then visited a page of Oliver’s poetry and found “The Journey.” It resonated with me. So a poem borrowing the first line from the wonderful Mary Oliver.

Gone Too Far

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
and you took up the tools
you had worked hard to forge
and held them in trembling hands.
Your patience opened your eyes
as you waited for the right moment to act;
your strength kept you firmly anchored
as the voices of others blustered around you.
Your hope buoyed you up,
gave you a higher perspective,
and your tenacity kept you motivated
even when you thought all might be lost.
Patience, strength, hope, tenacity–
virtues won by will and wit.
You have gone too far to back down now.

2 responses »

    • I can FEEL the love! Thank you so much. I love the Oliver too. It’s as if she looked into my soul before I was even born and she saw the words that I would one day need to hear in order to be inspired.

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