Hilary McMeeking | Counselling in Cheltenham

David Whyte: Poems

 

from -THE BELL & THE BLACKBIRD

ESSENTIALS

 

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 on 

the foundations

of your own heart

at exactly

the same time.

That's how you know

it's the road you

have to follow.

That's how you know

it's where

you have to go.

That's how you know.

Just beyond yourself,

it's where you need to be.

THE JOURNEY

Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again

painting their
black silhouettes
on an open sky.

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that

first, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.

Sometimes with
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out

someone has written
something new
in the ashes
of your life.

You are not leaving.
Even as the light
fades quickly now,
you are arriving.