Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | July 17, 2014

The True Love

Stormy-Beach

There is a 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
waiting 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.

~ David Whyte, from The House of Belonging


Responses

  1. very beautifull

  2. I am recently married. It is not my first marriage, I was married for 15 years before. I was lost for a long time, lost in a loneliness that I was unsure how to navigate myself out of. I remained uncommitted to anyone except myself, my daughter, and my faith that one day the one that was meant for me would find me.
    Fast forward a few years after the divorce and this soul found mine and no matter how hard I tried to keep from letting him in. He never gave up on me. He knew that I needed him and would one day realize it myself.
    I have the life I always dreamed of with my best friend. This reminded me to be extra grateful for that.

    • dear Jenny, feel Blessed , be Blessed, I hope one day a soul will find me too and will never give up on trying till I let him in. I think it is also important to be fully committed to oneself. Love to you!

  3. So rich, so moving. David Whyte is a treasure.

  4. Deep. And so true. đŸ™‚


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