What to Remember When Leaving

This is my last day in Mexico after a glorious week. I’m trying not to project myself forward into plans and worries and mail and catch up, but to be here savoring every moment left. The advice of David Whyte in his poem “What to Remember When Waking” applies to a dream like this week has been. I have loved this poem for a long time, and am grateful to be reminded of it now. This is just a portion:


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

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

What you can live
wholeheartedly
will make plans
enough
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.

-David Whyte

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One Response to “What to Remember When Leaving”

  1. Darita-Rose Alden Says:

    Incredible poem! Thanks!

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