Living Your True Inheritance


In that first
hardly noticed
in which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
and frighteningly
where everything
there is a small
into the day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a trouble guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love?  What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can image
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk? 

This poem is a good follow-up to yesterday’s post.  As I mentioned before I have been listening to David Whyte’s CD set, “What to Remember When Waking”.  He has got me thinking deeply about where I’ve come from, how the stars lined up to create my being here on the earth, how my life has played out over 64 years to get me to exactly where I am today – my ancestry, my DNA, all the people, places, and experiences that have shaped my journey.  He has given me a felt sense of my true inheritance and with that I am genuinely understanding, maybe for the first time, that this human life I am living is absolutely and utterly unique.  There never has been and never will be another me!  This new understanding is both freeing and a wee bit frightening.  With it comes a responsibility, to myself and the world, to not let any precious parts of me atrophy and die, to not waste what I have been given.  I want to live wholeheartedly each day of my life and continue to unearth those fragments of myself, the hidden gifts, that are waiting to be brought to light.

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?”  Remember – You are irreplaceable!

Note:  I posted this poem back in July of last year.  If a poem reaches your heart, I believe it is meant to be read again and again and again.  With each reading comes a deeper understanding.

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One Response to Living Your True Inheritance

  1. carol Jennings says:

    what a lovely posting SE
    I feel like I am a unique science project, always grateful for my path and the gifts my journey has had to offer….
    you are on of them.

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