It’s not been my custom to share other poet’s work in this way, but this poem is wonderful. I find myself in a space between things.
I’ve put some older things down (like a job, changes in our family, kids growing up, J’s father’s dying) and have been working (slowly) on taking up new next things (writing a book, supporting my wife in caring for an aging parent, a different job). I’ve started reading [“Leading from within – Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead” – Sam M. Integrator & Megan Scribner ] and am indeed finding the courage to look at new things. And then along comes this poem from a site I subscribe to “Panhala” that fits so very well into my extended new beginning.
And so I carry on.
For a New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O’Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)