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Blessing for Sound

by David Whyte

I thank you,

for the smallest sound,

for the way my ears open

even before my eyes,

as if to remember

the way everything began

with an original, vibrant, note,

and I thank you for this

everyday ordinary music,

always being rehearsed,

always being played,

always being remembered

as something new

and arriving, a tram line

below in the city street,

gull cries, or a ship's horn

in the distant harbor.

so that in waking I hear voices

even where there is no voice

and invitations where

there is no invitation

so that I can wake with you

by the ocean, in summer

or in the deepest seemingly

quietest winter

and be with you

so that I can hear you

even with my eyes closed,

even with my heart closed,

even before I fully wake.

David Whyte is an internationally renowned poet and author.

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