Saturday, July 23, 2005

Arrival at Duwamish Bay

As I arrived at Duwamish Bay, I was greeted by 2 pairs of love birds, fighting in the middle of the field.

The fight was loud and fierce and it seemed to last forever. But the fact was that it was only a fleeting moment in their love story and it wasn't long before they came to terms with each other once again. Yes there was anger and yes someone got hurt, but that was all part of life and growth. They passed the test and learned their lessons. It will not be long before the fight becomes a faded memory, hidden among all those beautiful memories that they share together.

As I passed the reconciled pairs, my mind returned to the task at hand... the rehearsal...

I searched my heart for a meaningful piece that resonates with my complete being... and I found a piece that speaks the voice of my soul...

The Invitation
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Canadian Teacher, Writer

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 dream
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 centre 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
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 failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when 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.


At 6:51 AM, Blogger Anita Marie Moscoso said...

Hi Alex,
I'm so happy that you were really able to see the Duwamish Bay.

Like I said you have to look below the surface to see Duwamish, and you did that in this wonderful writing you called " Arrival..."

Anita Marie

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Leonie Bryant said...

Hi Alex,
I enjoyed your post so much and I am in tune with what you are saying. I am reading Oriah's "What We Ache For" at the moment and finding it very helpful.
Warm wishes


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