Friday, August 1, 2008

What to remember when walking, a poem by David Whyte

David Whyte is one of my favorite poets. He grew up in Yorkshire, studied Marine Zoology in Wales and trained as a naturalist in the Galapagos Islands. He's also worked as a naturalist guide, leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in various parts of the world. He's one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of work and organizational development, conducting workshops with many American and international companies. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Here is a poem of his that talks about the unrealized potential that most of us hide within us.

What to remember when walking.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
than the one
from which
you have just emerged

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love ? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread its branches
against the future sky ?

1 comment:

cukie6 said...

That's wonderful! I love it. That can go in one of your books. Wink wink! For me!