Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday Poem - Everything Is Waiting for You

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

---David Whyte
 My thanks to Terri Windling for reminding me about David's gorgeous poem.

6 comments:

laveta'splace said...

What a lovely poem. I really like it. Thanks for sharing.

Mystic Meandering said...

Words I also needed to hear this morning. I love David Whyte and this poem in particular... Thanks your for sharing this reminder... May we always remember to "ease into the conversation" of our surroundings. My kettle calls...

Cindy said...

Absolutely beautiful. I needed this. Thank you...

Cindy said...

I keep going back throughout the day and reading this. Each time my eyes well up. My surroundings truly are here to love me into wholeness. Thank you once again for this poem that has mesmerized me this day.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Oh yes
how true...

Kathiesbirds said...

Love the photo and the poem and the idea it all contains!