Writerly Wednesday : Images and Poetry from Chapter 3 in MAP Novel-in-Progress

Dear Reader,
These images and especially this incredible poem by Mary Oliver perfectly capture the first breakthrough moment for the main character, which occurs in Chapter 3 and inspires her to make the first of many life-changing decisions.

Creating these weekly previews of each chapter reminds me of why I loved writing this book and how I can't wait to share it with you, very soon.

Until then,


The Journey
by Mary Oliver

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 voice begind,
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 that you could save


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