Friday, December 31, 2010

Start Close In

A new year, a new beginning. What castles do you want to reach this year? I have my own castles, dreams that float in my heart and my head. Dreams that require plans and effort. I could set resolutions, or choose a word of the year to move toward them, but this year I decided to choose a poem.

I wrote recently about my journey, and taking the step I can see in front of me. I plan to continue with that idea in 2011, and here is the poem to inspire me along the way. It is by David Whyte from his book River Flow.


Start close in,
don't take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
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
give up on other
people's questions,
don't let them
smother something

To find
another's voice,
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a
private ear
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
close in,
the step
you don't want to take.

Happy New Year! Today ends 9 Muses Musing with RESOLUTION. I hope you've enjoyed the party! Come by, link in, and see what others are planning for their year.


  1. Happy New Year, Kat! I'm so happy to have met you this year and love following your posts. You have a wonderful style of writing besides the obvious creativity, your photography. I always learn a little something, too. Look forward to wonderful things happening for you in the coming year!

  2. I love this poem Kat, I can see why you want to keep it close to heart, it speaks volumes.

    Thank you for being a part of my first year's on-line journey, may we all continue to grow and spread in love.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Sue x

  3. Happy New Year! Start with the first step. This is my forever favourite post this year! Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem and your thoughts! Big hug!

  4. What a beautiful poem. I've chosen my word for this year and will see where that takes me :)
    Happy New Year Kat, I hope it's the best one yet! :)

  5. what a wonderful poem, lovely.

  6. Happy New Year, Kat!
    Great poem! :)

  7. Such a beautiful poem - I can see why you chose it.
    Happy New Year to you and your family, Kat!

  8. Happy New Year Miss Kat! May it be a wonderful year of more discovery.

  9. A wonderful poem to start the year....thank you for sharing it. I've chosen my word to help guide me in my explorations in 2011. Wishing you a very happy and healthy year!

  10. Happy New Year! Great poem and post. Oh, thanks for the post card, love the picture.

  11. LOVE David Whyte and this one in particular, His words have a way of creeping right into the heart. Love that this is your focus for the year. It has been a joy to watch your journey unfold and I know great things are in store for you in 2011. I do have a word and will be sharing soon.... meantime, cheers and here's hoping the new year will hold lots of magic for all of us!!!

  12. Perfect poem to start a new year. Me, I'm allowing myself to dream again. I love thinking of dreams as castles....

  13. Thank you for this inspiring poem Kat. I have so enjoyed sharing the holiday season with Mortal Muses. Thanks too for the postcard you send of the tulips. It arrived yesterday as a harbinger of spring. May the new year offer new opportunities in your journey.

  14. Love David Whyte! Just saw this post today--exactly when I needed it, of course. Thank you for visions of castles!


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