The Journey

Last Saturday evening my friend BW was heading to a concert in a college town in southern Idaho with a friend. They were crossing the street at a crosswalk when a car hit them both, throwing them into the air. My friend BW suffered multiple injuries from the accident. Her friend didn't survive the accident. As BW lays in a hospital bed with a broken hip, leg, and ribs she is trying to manage the pain. She also struggles with the fogginess from the concussion. When she first woke up after the accident she was concerned about her dogs, the lesson plans for school, and her many obligations that are first and foremost in her life. She has had to let go and let her body and mind heal.

In the collection of poems Ten Poems to Change Your Life compiled by Roger Housden , the following poem reminded me of the journey ahead for BW. She is blessed to have a support system of colleagues, church members, and friends around her as she embarks on the journey of recovery.
My prayers are with you BW... keep up the fight!!

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


  1. P o w e r f u l. It says what I could not put into words, but what I have known. It is true.

  2. Goodness, Im so sorry to hear about your friend BW, and terribly sorry to hear her friend did not survive the accident....

    It has been a tense week here in my home, my 18 year old was in a car crash on Monday, someone hit him head on, the car is a right off, the police can not believed this boy walked from his car without so much as a scratch.... I thank whoever was watching out for him that day....

    And then this past Wednesday my Toms girlfriend totalled her car going to work, he hit the back of a 4 wheeler in her little Fiesta.... there is not much left of her car, they had to cut her out of the car where it was so crumpled.... but like my Sam she walked from the crash without a mark on her....

    They say these things come in 3s I hoping against all hope that is not true....

    love the ones your with and those your not with.....

    Hugs to your friend (((BW)))) for a good recovery and thoughts to her friends family... so sad..


  3. Shelby... the poem was so perfect for this situation. That is another reason why I love poetry so much.Fewer words can send a powerful message.
    Marmite... my goodness, you have had a week also. I am glad your son and and your other son's girlfriend are okay. BW is a fighter, but she has at least six weeks of recovery before she is even mobile!

  4. Love the quote at the top: amazing.

    Beautiful poem: it says so much.

    My thoughts and prayers will be with your friend, and the family of her friend who didn't make it.

  5. I hope your friend BW has recovered by now from her terrible accident.


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