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Last Sunday I had the opportunity of joining a writing circle on Zoom facilitated by Ali Grimshaw. I’m not sure if I see myself as a writer or a poet, but I was very curious to explore whatever came up!

My sincere thanks to Ali and the others for being in community in such a supportive and loving way. We came together as if we already knew one another, listened fully as the words came forth, and literally opened our hearts. It was an inspiring experience and I would recommend this to anyone interested in reflective writing and poetry from the heart. You can also find Ali’s poetry on her WordPress blog FlashLight Batteries. I look forward to jumping in again.

These are the inspiring words from David Whyte that resonated with me:

"We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again"

~ David Whyte,  taken from Working Together

I wrote:

We are born into
a world already 
formed by people 
with their roles,
ideas, and 
ways of being. 
We rely on them 
to keep us safe.

We adopt the views 
on life through the 
eyes of others
to fit this world, 
and be safe.

Then comes a time
when it fits no more.
From comfort
to irritation, 
like a hair shirt 
that itches and 
rubs the neck raw.
Was it just in
a blink of an eye?

We have grown,
but have yet to learn
life's real lesson.

The world is always 
at work, shaping us, 
giving us hair shirts,
and messages that 
go unnoticed 
until we wake up.

Then we realize we 
have to take off 
the clothes of 
conformity and 
discover our truth.

In the shedding 
we allow ourselves
to be shaped anew.

~ Val Boyko

56 comments on “Poetry Inspiration – from David Whyte

  1. Great poem! That really hits home. Thanks, Val.

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  2. Sharon Lawrence

    I loved your poem. Maybe soon you can close yoga sessions with your own words!

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  3. Lovely poem Val. It resonates.

    I love Ali’s circles. I have been in a Wednesday night circle with the same group of women since November. It’s always inspiring, compelling and refreshing – and yes, it’s amazing how quickly one can dive deep.

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  4. Nice Poem ❀

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  5. Thanks for sharing your poem.
    Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  6. Your lovely poem and its clarity, love, and forgiveness were much appreciated, Val.

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  7. Beautiful poem, Val. Yes…”discover our truth” definitely!

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  8. well done, Val. I like how you are always looking to explore ways to expand your horizons and challenge yourself…

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  9. Val, Love your poem. It resonates with me. Hard to believe that I ever summoned the courage to move away from something that I once believed so fully, But the hair shirt kept scratching until I was able to listen to my heart. Your words, “taking off the clothes of conformity” succinctly state what allowed me to see a new horizon. Thank you for sharing – may you have many more words of wisdom to inspire.

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  10. And what a shock when we discover we ‘are’ the hair shirt!

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  11. Then comes a time when it fits more – what a revolutionary journey of change begins from there. Loved your poem, speaks clearly to me.

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  12. Lovely poem, Val. ❀ I recently discovered David Whyte and have been reading two of his books of poetry, some really move me. A favorite:
    Such a gift to be able to string together words in such a potent way.

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  13. Love this πŸ’•πŸ’š

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  14. Thank you for sharing your words from your heart. I felt those words!
    When I think of the role our heart plays within us, receiving and giving of life, I see the same flow of an abundant life outside, when we create from our hearts.
    I have recently been introduced to the work of David Whyte and am excited to learn more.

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  16. Val, I loved listening to you read it…and I’m grateful to see it here. It allows me to linger while I reflect on the power and broad meaning of your beautiful writing here. I’m grateful to have shared that experience with you. πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»

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  17. Beautiful Val, I love your poem! ❀

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  18. A beautiful poem, Val. I’m so glad you were inspired! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  19. Lovely poem that resonates with me, Val. So glad you stepped out of your comfort zone. 🌷

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  20. From comfort
    to irritation

    I appreciate these words Val

    sending you creative vibes for a beautiful day ~ smiles hedy β˜ΊοΈπŸ’«

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  21. In the shedding we allow ourselves to be shaped anew. Love it and esp your close Val.

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  22. writer. poet. both. beautiful. always from the heart, inspirational. thanks, Val!

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  23. Absolutely! I like your poem much better than Whytes in this case. Well done, Val! πŸ’ž

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  24. Its a beautiful piece. I love it

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  25. Beautifully said, I love it, Val!
    David Whyte inspires me too…

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  26. I love how you mentioned β€˜safe’ twice, it’s so effective as to what you will say in the third paragraph πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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  27. Val,
    I can’t believe I missed this post until today. I guess I was meant to find it now. It is such an honor to hold space for others as their words arrive on the page. Thank you for the opportunity to hear your words and for sharing them here with others.
    This is the part of your poem that I want to reflect back to you,
    “In the shedding
    we allow ourselves
    to be shaped anew.”
    I love how your poem speaks of growth.
    This part especially speaks to me. I have been stretching myself to learn and heal my past while stepping forward into a future unrecognizable. It is a worthwhile journey, and it takes getting back up over and over. I appreciate your wisdom and love as I journey forward.
    Happy Valentine’s Day! May love surround you.

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  29. I would love to be part of such meetings, what can I do to be part of the next


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