Many of you know I am enthralled by David Whyte’s poetry. As is its nature, poetry touches differently upon each of us and in different moments.
I read this poetry many times before.
“Stone” by David Whyte
The face in the stone is a mirror looking into you.
You have gazed into the moving waters,
you have seen the slow light, in the sky
above Lough Inagh, beneath you, streams have flowed,
and rivers of earth have moved beneath your feet,
but you have never looked into the immovability
of stone like this, the way it holds you, gives you
not a way forward but a doorway in, staunches
your need to leave, becomes faithful by going nowhere,
something that wants you to stay here and look back,
be weathered by what comes to you, like the way you too
have travelled from so far away to be here, once reluctant
and now as solid and as here and as willing
to be touched as everything you have found.
Today, it speaks.
With the passing of time in our endless search, there comes a moment when we encounter a reflection, real or metaphoric, that invites us to pause. To stop searching. To stay. To be still and know the strength in withstanding whatever that may come where you stand. To welcome what may come. Is this then the meaning of contentment, fulfillment…
This is what the beautiful poem means to me, today.
What does it say to you? What do you hear?
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