Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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.

"Everything Is Waiting for You" by David Whyte, from Everything Is Waiting for You. © Many Rivers Press, 2003.

Image credit: "Pots and Pans," oil on canvas, by Hazel Ferrie (originally color).


  1. A loved one forwarded this to me today... I needed it, right now, this moment... and so, my perception indelibly altered, I venture into the conversation. Thank you M.

  2. I made the great mistake again... out of habit... out of fear... of appearing weak - a failure... and so my loved one reminded me once again... and again. Thank you M.


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