The Invitation 

"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal

and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty 
every day.

And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure

yours and mine 
and still stand on the edge of the lake
 and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn't interest me 
to know where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up
 after a night of grief and despair
 weary and bruised to the bone
 and do what needs to be done
 to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
 or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand
 in the center of the fire
 with me
 and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
 you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you
 from the inside
 when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
 with yourself
 and if you truly like the company you keep 
in the empty moments."

Oriah Mountain Dreamer 


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Rebecca Cunninghamvery nice, I love it
-- Rebecca Cunningham, 1/2/10

Great poem to go with the tranquil scene
-- Cft, 12/23/09

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