Tim Cusack: Blog Entry

A Few Simple Words Can Make a Big Difference

This is a poem that unexpectedly changed me. I’m not a huge poetry fan. Most poetry I don’t understand. But this poem by David Whyte spoke right to my soul.

The step you don't want to take...

Start close in with the step you don’t want to take…

Start close in, / don’t take the second step / or the third, start with the first / thing / close in, / the step / you don’t want to take.

Start with / the ground / you know, / the pale ground beneath your feet, / your own / way of starting /  the conversation.

Start with your own  / question, / give up on other /  people’s questions, / don’t let them  / smother something  / simple.

To find  / another’s voice, follow  / your own voice,  / wait until  / that voice  / becomes a  / private ear listening /  to another.

Start right now /  take a small step  / you can call your own /  don’t follow someone else’s  / heroics, be humble /  and focused,  / start close in,  / don’t mistake /  that other for your own.

Start close in,  / don’t take  / the second step  / or the third, /  start with the first thing /  close in,  / the step  / you don’t want to take.