Everything Is Waiting For You – January 15 2019

Everything Is Waiting For You – January 15 2019

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.
by David Whyte, Everything Is Waiting For You
 
In an interview with Krista Tippet, On Being, the ‘poet philosopher’ David Whyte says, “Poetry is language against which you have no defences.”
 
This poem, to me, fills that bill. But then I’m always looking for a reason and a way not to listen to the voice of ‘alone’ in my head, but rather to the insistence of the universe for me to ‘Wake up! Notice!’
 
Today I will get present to something—to the grey of the sky, the plash of rain, the sad eyes of the grocery store clerk—and notice for myself if there might be poetry in it.
 
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