On Being - Thank you for This and ALL your Interviews!!! Since 2008 they have been one of my main Life Guides.After listening to the John O'Donohue's interview in 2008 I traveled with his friend and fellow poet David Whyte to John's homeland on this trip:
Mornings were full of poetry and afternoon hikes to the specific places in the landscape where the poems where born.This poem "The Seven Streams" deals with vulnerability. After the hikes, Pints where shared with live Music into the Wee Hours.I equally wholeheartedly recommend both On Being & David Whyte's poems and Trip to Friends, Strangers, Family & Foes Alike.
The Seven Streams
Come down drenched, at the end of May,with the cold rain so far into your bonesthat nothing will warm youexcept your own walkingand let the sun come out at the day's endby Slievenaglasha with the rainbows doublingover Mulloch Mor and see your clothessteaming in the bright air. Be a provenanceof something gathered, a summation ofprevious intuitions, let your vulnerabilitieswalking on the cracked sliding limestonebe this time, not a weakness, but a facultyfor understanding what's aboutto happen. Stand aboave the Seven Streamsletting the deep down curent surfacearound you, then branch and branchas they do, back into the mountainand as if you were able for that flow,say the few necessary wordsand walk on, broader and cleansedfor having imagined.
-- David Whyte from River Flow ©2007 Many Rivers Press
Cheers & Peace,Jose
More information about text formats