Today’s Easter Poem from Education for Justice is by David Whyte.
Ten Years Later
When the mind is clear
and the surface of the now still,
now swaying water
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 lonely, 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.
Source: House of Belonging, by David Whyte.
Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, 1996. p. 51