Pilgrim

Table of Contents

I.  PILGRIM

Pilgrim
Traveller

II.  CAMINO

Camino
Refuge
Rest
Night Traveller
The Well
Santiago
Finisterre

III.  COMPANION

The Wave
Breath
Requiem
Glentrasna
Trespasses
Blessing (For One Who Blessed)

IV.  THE WEST

Star
Thoor Anu
Lon's Fort
Fifty
Brothers
Fugitive

V.  LOOKING BACK

Second Life
Born Again
Unleavened
Etruscan Tomb
Winter Apple
Second Sight
The Aerialist

VI.  POSTSCRIPT

Fintan

About PILGRIM

In his seventh volume of poetry, David Whyte looks at the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim: someone passing through relatively quickly, someone dependent on friendship, hospitality and help from friends and strangers alike, someone for whom the nature of the destination changes step by step as it approaches, and someone who is subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way.

 

FINISTERRE

The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken,
into the western sea, and the moon rising behind you
as you stood where ground turned to ocean: no way
to your future now but the way your shadow could take,
walking before you across water, going where shadows go,
no way to make sense of a world that wouldn't let you pass
except to call an end to the way you had come,
to take out each frayed letter you brought
and light their illumined corners, and to read
them as they drifted through the western light;
to empty your bags; to sort this and to leave that;
to promise what you needed to promise all along,
and to abandon the shoes that had brought you here
right at the water's edge, not because you had given up
but because now, you would find a different way to tread,
and because, through it all, part of you could still walk on,
no matter how, over the waves.

- David Whyte


Pilgrim CD

On the audio companion,the themes of departure, shelter, companionship, deep friendship and the necessary transformations of friendship, the struggles at crucial thresholds and the arrivals that always become further departures are explored and celebrated through a resonant accompanying voice, encouraging, reciting, explaining, and offering real companionship along the way.

 

THOOR   ANU

You did not know you had come
to meet the ocean,

thinking the cliff edge
had everything you'd need,

but when you stared into
the deep vault

of blue from which the revelation
came

and you heard the drumbeat
of arriving water

and looked into
the bowl

of waves and breaking foam,
and sat there stunned

and numb in the underbelly
of the turning world

the vision
was immediate,

a ghost-like far-in horizon
come to meet the sea [...]


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