To My Fellow Pilgrims…

Remember the way you are all possibilities
you can see…

David Whyte

I am posting this poem that I came across the other day. It is from the wordpress site of Dr. Bill Wooten. It is a site full of positive, practical ideas and I highly suggest you visit it!

Now don’t be shocked with what I’m about to say, but I rarely enjoy reading  poetry. Condemnable, I know, on such a cerebral place as Wordpress.

But when I read this poem it was like music. I’m totally hooked on Whyte’s poetry now. He is literally the ONLY poet about whom I have said those words.

And not to be too heavy-handed with Thanksgiving metaphors, but I like the title of this poem, The Pilgrim. Let’s take it as a post-Thanksgiving reminder that every day we are pilgrims, sojourners, and story-makers.


Here is the poem, The Pilgrim:

“Be infinitessimal under that sky, a creature
even the sailing hawk misses, a wraith
among the rocks where the mist parts slowly.

Recall the way mere mortals are overwhelmed
by circumstance, how great reputations
dissolve with infirmity and how you,
in particular, stand a hairsbreadth from losing
everyone you hold dear.

Then, look back down the path to the north,
the way you came, as if seeing
your entire past and then south
over the hazy blue coast as if present
to a broad future.

Remember the way you are all possibilities
you can see and how you live best
as an appreciator of horizons,
whether you reach them or not.

Admit that once you have got up
from your chair and opened the door,
once you have walked out into the clean air
toward that edge and taken the path up high
beyond the ordinary, you have become
the privileged and the pilgrim,
the one who will tell the story
and the one, coming back
from the mountain,
who helped to make it.”

~ David Whyte

One thought on “To My Fellow Pilgrims…

  1. Heyata Ina says:

    I really like this! I often think of our real selves, or our finding our way “back” after going on a poorly-chosen path, or in discovering some gem of truth, as the compass realigning to the north. So, I appreciate the reference to the north, & the metaphor of the path. Hello to other sojourners.

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