March 13 – David Whyte -between winter and spring

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
“To hear
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice”

This post last appeared eleven month ago, April 16, 2018 to be precise. We sibs gathered at our sister Mary’s home for her birthday. Here’s how I began the context paragraph that day. “I am writing from my sister Mary’s snow-bound home where 20+ inches of snow was blown around for 2 days of blizzard winds (c. 25 mph). Lovely for sure; every few minutes a car drives by the riverfront road.” What a difference eleven months makes! This first half of March 2019 has scattered hints of spring here and there around Detroit, though a Lakota soul friend, Mary Tobacco, tells me that they are digging out from a hefty blizzard today in South Dakota. March offers unpredictable weather twitches, no? A blizzard-loving person like myself may yet be pulling on my high top snow boots. I’m not taking responsibility for the weather though, “enjoying” does not = “causing.”

Today’s poem by David Whyte has blessed me several times over the Work Day/Hard Time poetry list’s six-year existence. Yes. best to read the poem out loud, with pauses, several times over the day. Have a blest day.

john sj

April 2018 deep into a lovely storm

Today’s Post: “Start Close In”

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something
simple.

To hear
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice

becomes an
intimate
private ear
that can
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

from River Flow: New & Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press

David Whyte b. 1955
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Whyte_(poet)

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