A solo point of view: “The Journey” by Mary Oliver

photo poem The JourneyI have always thought of Solo Traveler as more than a travel blog. I feel like travel is actually a backdrop to the blog which is more about life.

This poem by Mary Oliver, an American poet who has received a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, intertwines life and travel well. And she speaks clearly of the solo experience. Of the importance of finding it.

“The Journey” by Mary Oliver on video

I love maps. I have confessed before that I am not a great researcher. But I do love studying maps, seeing the connections and the intersections of things, before I leave on a trip. And old maps have a particular beauty, not just in the craftsmanship but also as a glimpse into a past view of the world.

This video is a stunning visual representation of Oliver’s poem using maps as a backdrop. It took some searching and calling on the help of friends to determine the music. It is Asturias (also known as Leyenda) by Isaac Albéniz.

I have added a second video below if you want to hear the poem read.


  • chiangmaiexcursions

    Thank you for sharing me good info.

  • http://solotravelerblog.com Janice Waugh

     I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • Sallymcconnell

    I watched both videos and liked both.  However, the one with the flamenco guitar is my favorite.  I’m a big fan of Mary Oliver’s work and love this poem.  Thank you for this post!

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  • http://www.JoeiCarlton.com/ Joei Carlton Hossack

    An interesting point of view – but a little too dramatic for my taste…..but I do like to explore everything.  Thanks for posting it……