Everything is waiting

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, River Flow: New & Selected Poems. For more poetry, visit OnBeing’s Poetry Radio Project.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/david-whyte-the-conversational-nature-of-reality/extra/everything-is-waiting-for-you/8559

About jhelenadams

Writer, minister, historian-in-training, wife, mother, teacher. I love reading, traveling, learning languages, drawing, dance, running, being outdoors, and recently discovered the joys and challenges of sewing my own clothes. Born in New England, I spent my childhood meandering the country and crossing the oceans with my peripatetic mother. I have lived in Europe for more than a decade, but have been shaped, enriched, haunted by each of the places I have called "home," and grieved them when I left.
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