A Poem for a Winter Day

TEN YEARS LATER

When the mind is clear
and the surface of the now still,
now swaying water

slaps against
the rolling kayak,

I find myself near darkness,
paddling again to Yellow Island.

Every spring wildflowers
cover the grey rocks.

Every year the sea breeze
ruffles the cold and lovely pearls
hidden in the center of the flowers

as if remembering them
by touch alone.

A calm and lonely, trembling beauty
that frightened me in youth.

Now their lonliness
feels familiar, one small thing
I’ve learned these years,

how to be alone,
and at the edge of aloneness
how to be found by the world.

Innocence is what we allow
to be gifted back to us
once we’ve given ourselves away.

There is one world only,
the one to which we gave ourselves
utterly, and to which one day

we are blessed to return. 

~David Whyte~
(The House of Belonging) 

I don’t know about you, but I have a case of the end-of-winter blues.   The gray skies, and this cold that still lingers in my body have taken their toll on my mood and energy level and I’m having a hard time keeping my inner artist motivated.  So, on those days when I have to go searching for inspiration I look to poetry, and David Whyte never disappoints.

And whose mood isn’t lightened by the beautiful blossoms springing up everywhere?  Spring is just around the corner with the promise of warmer weather and sunshine.

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3 Responses to A Poem for a Winter Day

  1. carol Jennings says:

    you have the , been inside too long blues!
    Have to say, I love the outdoors, with not too many clothes on preferably. Like Sayulita.
    Why don’t you come down to Sayulita next year with me for the yoga week.
    You will love Jim Gallas, the yoga instructor and the gang that attends his intensive( actually a week of intense yoga discovery, not difficult yoga.)
    I highly recommend checking out his website….google Jim Gallas, yoga.
    It’s sunny here after a wild windy day yesterday, felt like Kansas!
    xoxo
    carol

  2. I’m thinking of taking a trip to LaJolla for some sunshine and warmth. The sun came out here today as well – a very pleasant surprise. An afternoon walk with the girls helped to lift my spirits. When are you coming down for a visit?
    xxooxx, SE

  3. hard to complain about this year’s winter, but there ain’t no signs of spring up here in Maine. The light is different and stays longer, so i guess that counts…feeling a little blue myself.
    love you

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