November 20th, 2008

David Whyte: 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

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  • Leisa

    This is just the kind of thing I needed to hear today. Thank you.

  • Chris

    I really apprecaite David Whyte, and owe a lot to him. I saw him give a public talk on ‘vocation’ many years ago. I quit my job the following week and started doing what I really love, making music. It hasn’t paid the rent just yet (I have a ‘real’ job with an accounting firm) but it really doesn’t matter. Music has added a quality of balance in my life that was missing before. The man really has a way with words, that is for sure.

  • ma belle

    This is beautiful.

    Thank you.

  • Oh, thank you for including this poem. I love David Whyte. Reading this ended my day perfectly. having had thoughts about how alone I feel just now. Thank you. Time to be off to commune with a bowl of cereal and some cold milk before bed. I wonder what they’ll have to say!

  • Karen cooley

    Much needed reminder!!!! Truth!!! Wow