Day Three – Poems and Poets

As I mentioned earlier David Whyte is one of my all time favourite poets. I find that that his words speak to my heart.

Who are the poets that speak to you? Please take the opportunity share a poem or a poet who you connect with.

Here’s another recent example of one of his poems:  

JUST BEYOND YOURSELF

Just beyond
yourself.

It’s where
you need
to be.

Half a step
into
self-forgetting
and the rest
restored
by what
you’ll meet.

There is a road
always
beckoning.

When you see
the two sides
of it
closing together
at that far horizon
and deep in
your own
heart
at exactly
the same
time,
that’s how
you know
it’s where
you
have
to go.

That’s how
you know
it’s the road
you
have
to follow.

That’s how
you know.
you have
to go.

That’s
how you know.

It’s just beyond
yourself,

it’s
where you
need to be.


Another favourite poet is novelist, and environmentalist Wendell Berry. Wendell lives on a farm in Port Royal, Kentucky near his birthplace, where he has maintained his farm for over 40 years. Mistrustful of technology, he holds deep reverence for the land and is a staunch defender of agrarian values. He is the author of over 40 books of poetry, fiction, and essays. His poetry celebrates the holiness of life and everyday miracles often taken for granted (Link).

This poem is one of my all time favourites.  

The Peace Of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Wendell Berry

 


JUST BEYOND YOURSELF
From
THE BELL AND THE BLACKBIRD
Poetry by David Whyte
APRIL 2018 © David Whyte and Many Rivers Press

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