The True Love - David Whyte


There is a faith

in loving fiercely

the one who is

rightfully yours

especially if you have

waited years and especially

if you never believed

you could deserve this

loved and beckoning hand

held out to you this way.


I am thinking of faith now

and the testaments of loneliness

and what we feel we are

worthy of in this world

and of the story

of the storm

and everyone

waking and seeing

the distant

yet familiar figure

far across the water

calling to them.


And how we are all

preparing for that

abrupt waking,

and that calling,

and that moment

we have to say yes,

except it will

not come so grandly

so Biblically

but more subtly

and intimately in the face

of the one you know

you have to love.


So that when

we finally step

out of the boat

toward them, we find

everything holds

us, and everything

confirms our courage,

and if you wanted

to drown you could,

but you don't

because finally

after all this struggle

and all these years

you don't want

to any more

you've simply

had enough

of drowning

and you want

to live

and you

want to love

and you will

walk across any territory

and any darkness

however fluid and however

dangerous to take the

one hand you know

belongs in yours.


Paul J HowellComment