A Different Way To Tread

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Finisterre .  (By David Whyte from Dumbo Feather Magazine Issue 11)

The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken, into the western sea, and the moon rising behind you as you stood where ground turned to ocean:  no way to your future now but the way your shadow could take, walking before you across water, going where shadows go, no way to make sense of a world that wouldn’t let you pass except to call an end to the way you had come, to take out each frayed letter you brought and light their illumined corners, and to read them as they drifted through the western light; to empty your bags; to sort this and to leave that; to promise what you needed to promise all along, and to abandon the shoes that had brought you here right at the water’s edge, not because you had given up but because now, you would find a different way to tread, and because, through it all, part of you could still walk on, no matter how, over the waves.

One to tuck into your pocket and carry into the new year – and pass it on….

More to sail into the new year on….‘The Crossing‘; ‘Shedding Skin on Sunset Beach‘; ‘Sandcastles‘; Mary Oliver’s ‘The Journey‘ clip.