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sunday poem (david whyte)

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Excerpt from “The winter of listening” and a youtube recording of the late Jacqueline du Pré playing cello solo “Intermezzo from Goyescas” by Enrique Granados.

What is precious
inside us does not

care to be known
by the mind
in ways that diminish
its presence.

What we strive for
in perfection
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
we desire.

what disturbs
and then nourishes
has everything
we need.

What we hate in ourselves
is what we cannot know
in ourselves but
what is true to the pattern
does not need
to be explained.

Inside everyone
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born.

© 2004 David Whyte. The house of belonging. Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, pp. 29-33. image: “Portrait of the cellist Upaupa Scheklud” by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).


12 responses »

  1. “Inside everyone
    is a great shout of joy
    waiting to be born”

    Great lines.

  2. So glad I dropped in Peter. A good place to stretch and relax into an opening kind of day. Off to continue turning the garden over so it can be planted.

  3. lovely poem – full of life and reasons to shout!

    i like the new look…

  4. Beautiful poem and beautiful new website. Mindful Living is such a perfect expression of you and your words.

  5. lynn Marttila

    Great choice of poetry and new website look. Staying connected “through your eyes”

  6. what wonderful inviting eyes Peter, i love the new look of your website, with everything together, how blissful.
    It would appear a gardening day for many as I enjoyed some time in Sue’s garden.It was an amazing drive down, i so love that drive to and from Parksville. How blessed I feel to be in such a beautiful part of the world. Take care, Ella


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