Everything is Waiting for You

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.

 

-- David Whyte from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press

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