Twice Blessed – David Whyte

Here’s the text, for those who cannot readily read Facebook links:-

‘TWICE BLESSED

So that 
I stopped 
there
and looked 
into the sun,

seeing not only
my reflected face
but the great sky
that framed 
my lonely figure

and after a moment
I lifted my hands
and then my eyes
and I 
allowed myself
to be

astonished
by the great 
everywhere
calling to me
like an
invisible 
and unspoken
invitation,
like something
in one moment
both calling to me
and radiating
from where I stood,

as if I could 
encompass
everything 
I had been given
and everything 
taken from me 

as if I could be
everything 
I have learned 
and everything
I could know,

as if I knew
in that moment
both the way 
I had come
and, secretly,

the way
I was still 
promised to go,

brought together,
like this,
with the 
unyielding ground
and the symmetry
of the moving sky,
caught in still waters.

Someone 
I have been,
and someone
I am just, 
about to become,

something I am
and will be forever,
the sheer generosity
of being loved
through loving:
the miracle reflection
of a twice blessed life.’

Twice Blessed
From Work in Progress
© David Whyte

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling Exeter since 1994

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