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Everything is Waiting For You

Posted by Laurie J Cameron

Everything is Waiting For You
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.

It’s been a wintery few days on the East Coast and warm fires have provided welcome company on these quiet, thoughtful days. In preparing for the upcoming retreat I am offering with Lori Schwanbeck, I’ve been reflecting on my favorite poetry while absorbing the sounds, glow, warmth and presence that a crackling fire can create. I invite you to view poetry as an avenue to becoming more intimate with your life. Notice which poems capture your attention, warm you, or provide a subtle, knowing comfort - much like a fire.

You can learn more about our virtual retreat by clicking here.

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