What to Remember When Waking
(David Whyte)

In that first
Hardly noticed
In which you wake,
Coming back
to this life
From the other
More secret,
And frighteningly
Where everything
There is a small
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
Will make plans
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 your true inheritance.

You are not
A troubled guest
On this earth
You are not
An accident
Amidst other accidents
You were invited
From another and greater
Than the one
From which
You have just emerged

Now, looking through
The slanting light
Of the morning
Window toward
The mountain
Of everything
That can be,
What urgency
Calls you to your
One love? What shape
Waits in the seed
Of you to grow
And spread
Its branches
Against a future sky?

Is it waiting
In the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life
You can image
For yourself?
In the open
And lovely
White page
On the waiting desk?