The Opening of Eyes*

water_over_oakland1.jpg
from the airplane, over Oakland, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

The Opening of Eyes

That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.

— David Whyte
from Songs for Coming Home
©1984 Many Rivers Press

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11 Comments

  1. amanda rose

    what an incredibly beautiful poem and photograph.
    “fallen in love with solid ground”… exactly what i needed to hear.

  2. amanda rose

    what an incredibly beautiful poem and photograph. thank you for share this.
    “fallen in love with solid ground”… couldn’t have been put better and exactly what i needed to hear this morning.

  3. kristen

    i adore david whyte, his poetry really speaks to the soul.

  4. Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

    Gorgeous…David Whyte has been charming me lately, and that photograph is perfection.

  5. Jennifer

    As always, thank you for this! I’m not familiar with David Whyte, so I look forward to reading some more of his work. And I agree that the photograph is beautiful, and fits perfectly with the poem.

  6. jenn

    lovely poem, i keep coming back and reading it. the photo fits it so well i think. thanks for sharing.

  7. Christa

    Thank you. Dank je. This was a needed reminder that no story is fully played out and that we do, after all, choose our own endings. I choose it!
    And maybe what I’ve fallen in love with is, indeed, solid ground after all.

  8. Christa

    Thank you. Dank je. This was a needed reminder that no story is fully played out and that we do, after all, choose our own endings. I choose it!
    And maybe what I’ve fallen in love with is, indeed, solid ground after all.

  9. moe

    i love David Whyte’s poetry and he is so freakin’ cute too!!!

  10. sacredcrayon

    I love that photo, so beautiful xx

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