I Will Have Become - David Whyte

 

I will have become like
the madman running
to see the moon
in the window,

the hawk
I saw tracing the cliff edge
above the river.

I will be the man
I have pursued all along
and finally caught.

I will be
all my intuitions
and all my desires

and then I will walk
slowly down the steps
as if dressed in white
and wade into

the water
for
a second baptism.

I will be like
someone who cannot
hide their love

but
my joy will become ordinary
and everyday

and like a lover
I will find out
exactly what it is like

to be the happiest, 
the only one in creation

to really
understand
how much,
I’m just
a hair’s breadth

from dying.