Start Close In - David Whyte

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Start close in,

don’t take the second step

or the third,

start with the first

thing

close in,

the step

you don’t want to take.


Start with

the ground

you know,

the pale ground

beneath your feet,

your own

way to begin

the conversation.


Start with your own

question,

give up on other

people’s questions,

don’t let them

smother something

simple.


To hear

another’s voice,

follow

your own voice,

wait until

that voice

becomes an

intimate

private ear

that can

really listen

to another.


Start right now

take a small step

you can call your own

don’t follow

someone else’s

heroics, be humble

and focused,

start close in,

don’t mistake

that other

for your own.


Start close in,

don’t take

the second step

or the third,

start with the first

thing

close in,

the step

you don’t want to take.