no path ~david whyte

There is no path that goes all the way.

Not that it stops us looking
for the full continuation.

The one line in the poem
we can start and follow
straight to the end.

The fixed belief we can hold,

facing a stranger that saves
us the trouble
of a real conversation.

But one day you are not
just imagining an empty chair

where your loved one sat.
You are not just telling a story

where the bridge is down and there’s
nowhere to cross.

You are not just trying
to pray to a God you imagined
would keep you safe.

No you’ve come to the place
where nothing you’ve done

will impress and nothing you
can promise will avert

the silent confrontation,
the place where

your body already seems to know
the way having kept

to the last its own secret

But still, there is no path
that goes all the way

one conversation leads
to another

one breath to the next

there’s no breath at all

the inevitable
final release
of the burden.

And then
your life will
have to start
all over again
for you to know
even a little
of who you had been.

~David Whyte

3 thoughts on “no path ~david whyte

    • You’re welcome. And thank you for re-tweeting so many of my posts. I’m not much of a tweeter myself. I just use the feature that allows my posts to automatically go to Twitter. :)

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