Monday, 15 September 2014

After the third Discipline of Freedom workshop





THE HALF TURN OF YOUR FACE

The half turn of your face 
toward truth
is the one movement
you will not make.

After all,
having seen it
before,

you wouldn’t want
to take that
path again,

and have to greet yourself
as you are
and tell yourself
what it was like
to have come so far
and all in vain.

But most of all
to remember
how it felt again
to see
reflected
in your own mirror,
the lines
of abandonment
and loss.

And have those words spoken
inviting you back,
the ones you used to say,
the ones you loved
when your body was young
and you trusted
everything you wanted.

Hard to look,
but you know it has to happen
and
that it takes
only the half turn of your face
to scare yourself
to the core.

Seeing again
that strange resolve
in your new reflection.

THE HALF TURN OF YOUR FACE
From RIVER FLOW: New and Selected Poems
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press






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