For a New Beginning
                          (late John O'Donohue)

  In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
  Where your thoughts never think to wander,
  This beginning has only been quietly forming
  Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

                 For a long time it has watched your desire
                 Feeling the emptiness grow inside you,
                 Noticing how you willed yourself on
                 Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

  It watched you play with the seduction of safety
  And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
  Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
  Wondered would you always live like this.

                 Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
                 And out you stepped onto new ground,
                 Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
                 A path of plentitude opening before you.

  Though your destination is not clear
  You can trust the promise of this opening;
  Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
  That is one with your life’s desire.

                 Awaken your spirit to adventure;
                 Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk
                 Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
                For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

      (Book:  To Bless the Space Between Us, 2008.
                     Penguin Randon House)