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Spread 216 – Into A New Day August 9, 2013

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

216-Into A New DayIn preparations for my last week’s workshop in Whidbey Island  in WA  I was looking for a poem that would reflect on the connectedness between nature, art, and us. I looked and I looked and when I finally found this one I was so moved by it, I thought it was exactly what I needed. Searching to know a bit more about the poet himself I was amazed to find that he lives on that same small island I was going to teach at, it took my breath away. So here it is for you, the beauty of it just hurts (-:

What to Remember When Waking
By David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?


1. Cathy - August 9, 2013

beautiful art and beautiful poem, thank you.

2. Terry Garrett - August 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing this Orly- What a beautiful start to my morning.

3. apaperbear - August 9, 2013

What a beautiful spread, reminds me of a far away asian with a vintage spin thrown in. Such a wonderful poem for such a wondrous place.

4. Julia D - August 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing this beautiful message of who we really are, and the colours and elements of your art convey a kind of softness of tone that echoes the words so sensitively.

5. Brigitte - August 9, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing your talent and heart with us. I always look forward to reading your e-mail/blog and have kept them in a separate folder to return to and savor again. Of course, I also have your book 🙂
Wishing you continued creative joy in all you do.

6. Energy and Possiiblity - August 9, 2013

Ahh….one of my favorite poems of all time! How delicious to see it again – and so appropriate for the workshop you are about to teach – and for the Great Adventure that you love, Orly. Love you

7. lwostl - August 9, 2013


8. Kathy G - August 9, 2013

holy cow Orly, that brought me (unexpectedly) to tears. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing…always.

9. Tracy Verdugo - August 10, 2013

In love with the synchronicity that is a daily occurrence in our lives these days AND that poem is BREATHTAKING! ♥

10. Monica - August 10, 2013

Lovely poem and equally lovely journal spread – both are full of a gorgeous dreamworld…

11. Gillian Cook - August 16, 2013

Such beautiful layering in your image. I feel like I could find something different each time I look at it.

12. John - August 16, 2013

Such a peaceful piece! Each time I read that poem I find something more. Thanks for sharing it.

13. Wendy Lee Lynds - August 26, 2013

The poem means everything….as does your art. AND YOU!!

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