Book Review

Google ‘Modern Poetry for Emo Moments’

It is baffling to me why friends somehow remember me in their emo moments. I can literally be one of the most emotionally dead people they know, and that’s on a regular day. But I guess in any case I can always appreciate good poetry. So thanks Jeris for sending this poem to me in one of your lyrical days.

To me this poem basically sums up the things we want to hear said to us in world where we exhale pretension like air. The last few lines are my favorite. What’s yours?

The Invitation by Oriah

http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com/

It doesn’t interest me

what you do for a living.

I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me

how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me

what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know

if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know

if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me

if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know

if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me

to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me

who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me

where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know

if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved 

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