Being Seen

The magic of Whangapoua beach in the Coromandel

and David Whyte….



you need the ocean light,

and colors you’ve never seen before

painted through an evening sky.

Sometimes you need your God

to be a simple invitation

not a telling word of wisdom.

Sometimes you need only the first shyness

that comes from being shown things

far beyond your understanding,

so that you can fly and become free

by being still and by being still here.

And then there are times you want to be

brought to ground by touch

and touch alone.

To know those arms around you

and to make your home in the world

just by being wanted.

To see eyes looking back at you,

as eyes should see you at last,

seeing you, 

as you always wanted to be seen,

seeing you, 

as you yourself

had always wanted to see the world.

© David Whyte ‘SECOND SIGHT’

From Pilgrim: Poems by David Whyte

©2012 David Whyte

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