April 23, 2011

National Poetry Month: The Journey

The extraordinary and the ordinary both yield great beauty. Look. Always. Remember, though, that our truth is never anywhere else but inside us.

In honor of National Poetry Month, because there can never be enough good poetry in the world.

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
small, 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
You are arriving.

-David Whyte

Image via environmental graffiti, from an exhibit mounted by The Library of Congress of selected photographs from NASA's image collection, taken by the Landsat 7 satellite. This image is of the Kalahari Desert, Namibia

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