the Journey, by David Whyte

The Journey
-by David Whyte from the book River Flow, New and Selected Poems©2010

Above the mountains,
the geese turn into
the light again

painting their
black silhouettes
on an open sky.

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that

first, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.

Sometimes with
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out

someone has written
something new
in the ashes of your life.

You are not leaving.
Even as the light fades quickly now,
you are arriving.

A beautiful poem by David Whyte as we journey into the fall season.  Leaving and arriving. Journaling prompts for you to consider after reading the poem:

1.  Use the poem as a scaffold...start your sentences the same way that David Whyte did and then fill in the rest for your own situation;
for example: 
David Whyte: Above the mountains
KnewMeJournaling: Above my life

David Whyte: the geese turn into
KnewMeJournaling: the angels turn toward

David Whyte: the light again
KnewMeJournaling: my soul again

Finished first stanza:
Above my life
the angels turn toward
my soul again.

2.  Hello, Good-bye Poem (things that are leaving 
and arriving)
Good-bye Summer fun on the kayak
Hello Winter adventures with new snowshoes.

Good-bye swimsuits, sunscreen and flip flops
Hello sweaters, scarves and furry boots.

And as always, if you'd like to submit a poem for me to publish under your name on the website, send it to me at    Please include your name the way you would like it to appear on the entry.  Have fun with it!  Hope to read some more of your poems soon!