Tuesday, September 18, 2007

beauty yet to behold

chungju lake - south korea

"ten years later.....

when the mind is clear
and the surface of the now is still,
now swaying water
slaps against
the rolling kayak,
i find myself near darkness
paddling again to yellow island.
every spring wildflowers
cover the grey rocks.
every year the sea breeze
ruffles the cold and lovely pearls
hidden in the center of the flowers
as if remembering them by touch alone.
a calm and lovely, trembling beauty
that frightened me in youth.
now their loneliness
feels familiar, one small thing
i've learned these years,
how to be alone,
and at the edge of aloneness
how to be found by the world.
innocence is what we allow
to be gifted back to us
once we've given ourselves away.
there is one world only,
the one to which we gave ourselves
utterly, and to which one day
we are blessed to return."

by: david whyte

gyeongpo lake in autumn - south korea

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