When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone,
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your home
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
- David Whyte
Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
The author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.
His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.
An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. In spring of 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.
In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership.
THE SEA IN YOU:
Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love
(Many Rivers Press 2015)
(Many Rivers Press 2012)
RIVER FLOW: New & Selected Poems 1984-2007
(Many Rivers Press 2006)
EVERYTHING IS WAITING FOR YOU
(Many Rivers Press 2003)
THE HOUSE OF BELONGING
(Many Rivers Press 1996)
FIRE IN THE EARTH
(Many Rivers Press 1992)
WHERE MANY RIVERS MEET
(Many Rivers Press 1990)
SONGS FOR COMING HOME
(Many Rivers Press 1984)
CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
(Many Rivers Press 2015)
THE THREE MARRIAGES: Reimagining Work, Self & Relationship
CROSSING THE UNKNOWN SEA: Work as A Pilgrimage of Identity
THE HEART AROUSED: Poetry & the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America