My Artsy Life

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I love this poem so much








It doesn't interest me what you do for a living

I want to know what you ache for

and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.



It doesn't interest me how old you are

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal

and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithless

and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty

every day.

And if you can source your own life

from its presence.


I want to know if you can live with failureyours and mineand still stand on the edge of the lakeand shout to the silver of the full moon,"Yes."It doesn't interest meto know where you live or how much money you have.I want to know if you can get upafter a night of grief and despair weary and bruised to the boneand do what needs to be doneto feed the children.It doesn't interest me who you knowor how you came to be here.I want to know if you will standin the center of the firewith meand not shrink back.It doesn't interest me where or what or with whomyou have studied.I want to know what sustains youfrom the insidewhen all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone

with yourself

and if you truly like the company you keep

in the empty moments.


Oriah Mountain Dreamer 

Canadian Teacher and Author

1 comment:

moonseazen said...

I have always loved this, too! Thanks for popping it back into my consciousness today! Oriah is one of my favorite dreamers.....