Poems for Challenging Times 8

Another David Whyte poem this week, and a long, stretchy one at that! Current circumstances can tempt us to stay inside ourselves; the challenge is to go beyond ourselves (it only needs to be a little way at a time). Refuse that call for too long and we end up beside ourselves.
The road-image of the poem emerges from the poet’s own experience of a physical journey. When have you been faced with the prospect of having to go beyond yourself to move on? What image, picture or part of a physical journey best expresses how that felt for you?
 
 
JUST BEYOND YOURSELF
 
Just beyond
yourself.
 
It’s where
you need
to be.
 
Half a step
into
self-forgetting
and the rest
restored
by what
you’ll meet.
 
There is a road
always beckoning.
 
When you see
the two sides
of it
closing together
at that far horizon
and deep in
the foundations
of your own
heart
at exactly
the same
time,
 
that’s how
you know
it’s where
you
have
to go.
 
That’s how
you know
it’s the road
you
have
to follow.
 
That’s how
you know
you have
to go.
 
That’s
how you know.
 
It’s just beyond
yourself,
and
it’s
where you
need to be.
 
David Whyte
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    Julia

    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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