January 2015

flames

No one but me by the fire,
my hands burning
red in the palms while
the night wind carries
everything away outside.

All this petty worry
while the great cloak
of the sky grows dark
and intense
round every living thing.

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.

Even with the summer
so far off
I feel it grown in me
now and ready
to arrive in the world.

All those years
listening to those
who had
nothing to say.

All those years
forgetting
how everything
has its own voice
to make
itself heard.

All those years
forgetting
how easily
you can belong
to everything
simply by listening.

And the slow
difficulty
of remembering
how everything
is born from
an opposite
and miraculous
otherness.
Silence and winter
has led me to that
otherness.

So let this winter
of listening
be enough
for the new life
I must call my own.

Winter of Listening

by David Whyte

May this New Year bring you the best of life’s simple pleasures.

With warmth,

Lucretia, Michael, Finn, Seamus, Maeve and Daire’

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3 responses to “January 2015

  1. Alicia Heyburn

    Oh lovely! And to hear him recite his work is magical. Ive had thoughts of asking him to Maine to speak. Do you think Bowdoin would sponsor him?

    -alicia New cell # 207-522-8065

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  2. tibby woodruff

    Great!! A fantastic year in 2015!!

  3. sloan.christine@gmail.com

    Dear Lucretia, Thank you for this beautiful poem! A real gift these cold nights to read such promise in these words that recognize the warmth of soul. David discovered your gift of chocolates at our door and fortunately did not start eating them till I got home! Wow! they are fantastic…we are both expanding our holiday width with great glee this evening!!! Thank you so much.

    Sorry we missed you on our New Year’s Day walk last week. We were surrounded by our children for 10 days of the holiday, and I am still aglow with the blessings of family. David, however, is enjoying the peace and quiet of an empty house! I think this is not unusual.

    I head to Ohio on Sat. to help care for my Mom and give my sister a much needed break. It will be a sad but blessed time.

    Hope to see you after the week. Happy New Year, dear friend! Christine

    Sent from my iPad

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