Sometimes – David Whyte

Depth and beauty from David. Here’s the text, for those who have trouble seeing Facebook links.

SOMETIMES

Sometimes
if you move carefully
through the forest,

breathing
like the ones
in the old stories,

who could cross
a shimmering bed
of leaves
without a sound,

you come
to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening
requests,

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,
and

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

questions
that can make
or unmake
a life,

questions
that have patiently
waited for you,

questions
that have no right
to go away.

SOMETIMES
From ‘Everything Is Waiting for You’
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press

 

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling Exeter since 1994

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