For the Winter Solstice, Stillness and a Great Shout of Joy

Inside everyone
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born. 

Even with the summer
so far off
I feel it grown in me
now and ready
to arrive in the world. 

All those years
listening to those
who had
nothing to say. 

All those years
how everything
has its own voice
to make
itself heard. 

All those years

how easily
you can belong
to everything
simply by listening.

And the slow 

of remembering 
how everything 
is born from 
an opposite 
and miraculous 

Silence and winter 

have led me to that 
So let this winter 
of listening 
be enough 
for the new life 

I must call my own. 

~David Whyte, from "The Winter of Listening"

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