Steeling You For Revelation

Read the introduction on poet David Whyte‘s page, and your spirit will be utterly seduced by his:


The poet lives and writes at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. There is no going back for the poet once this frontier has been reached; a new territory is visible and what has been said cannot be unsaid. The discipline of poetry is in overhearing yourself say difficult truths from which it is impossible to retreat. Poetry is a break for freedom. In a sense all poems are good; all poems are an emblem of courage and the attempt to say the unsayable; but only a few are able to speak to something universal yet personal and distinct at the same time; to create a door through which others can walk into what previously seemed unobtainable realms, in the passage of a few short lines.

His poem, below the description of poetry, will knock you over. The power of his words NEVER fail to revive me from whatever self-induced malaise I find myself in. His work is, truly, medicine for the soul.

The Lightest Touch

Good poetry begins with
the lightest touch,
a breeze arriving from nowhere,
a whispered healing arrival,
a word in your ear,
a settling into things,
then like a hand in the dark
it arrests the whole body,
steeling you for revelation.

In the silence that follows
a great line
you can feel Lazarus
deep inside
even the laziest, most deathly afraid
part of you,
lift up his hands and walk toward the light.

— David Whyte
from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to Steeling You For Revelation

  1. tammy vitale says:

    I came to David Wyte’s poetry after reading (and rereading and rereading again and copiously quoting) his prose book, Crossing the Water. He’s an amazing writer! Am not surprised that behind that writing is the mind and soul of a poet!

  2. Carol Wiebe says:

    You and I sure read a lot of the same books, Tammy. So, when are we going to meet for tea and a chat? I think we’ll need a spare week.

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