fox and moonToday, I offer you words much wiser than anything I might have to offer. If you are feeling alone or lonely, let this poem speak to you. May we all open to the conversation around us. xo


by David Whyte

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.

Is there a phrase or a line that especially speaks to you?

P.S. Slight adjustment to the resilience dispatch schedule. I’m going to post at 4 o’clock (ET) on Mondays and Fridays, (down from 3 days a week to 2) so I’ll have more time to write Violet’s Tea Shop.

Starting today, I will begin and end every week with you. (That said, I may throw in some shorter posts and photos on my FB Author Page if the mood strikes.) I love spending time with you. Thanks for reading! ❤️

Everything is Waiting for You
Poems by David Whyte
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press


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