Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Poet: David Whyte, “The Opening of Eyes”

“The Opening of Eyes”

“That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before,
life is no passing memory of what has been,
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing,
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven,
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.”

- David Whyte

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