Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Truelove


The Truelove
~David Whyte

There is faith in loving fiercely
the one who is rightfully yours,
especially if you have
waited years and especially
if part of 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.

Years ago in the Hebrides
I remember an old man
who walked every morning
on the grey stones
to the shore of baying seals,

who would press his hat
to his chest in the blustering
salt wind and say his prayer
to the turbulent Jesus
hidden in the water,

and I think 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.


6 comments:

beth said...

this was beautiful....

happy valentines day to you sweet jennifer !!
xo

Ellie said...

This was great and so heartfelt and
brave, the courage one needs to survive love and heartache.

Thanks for putting it so eloquently

Kolleen said...

thank you for this!
love it and love you!

xoxox
k

Gloria said...

Jen..Happy Valentines day my sweet friend...Love you..Gloria

chrissy said...

jennifer.
thank you.
thank you for sharing these wonderful words.
i love them.
and i love you.
i needed this today.
xoxox
c

elizabeth said...

That was beautiful. Thank you for posting it. I really need to buy a book of his poetry.

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!