“The Bright Home in Which I Live”

Bahamian Cloud Break by Chris the fuzzy Bahamian Cloud Break by Chris the Fuzzy 


I awoke
this morning
in the gold light
turning this way
and that

thinking for
a moment
it was one
like any other.

the veil had gone
from my
darkened heart
I thought

it must have been the quiet
that filled my room,

it must have been
the first
easy rhythm
with which I breathed
myself to sleep,

it must have been
the prayer I said
speaking to the otherness
of the night.

I thought
this is the good day
you could
meet your love,

this is the black day
someone close
to you could die.

This is the day
you realize
how easily the thread
is broken
between this world
and the next

and I found myself
sitting up
in the quiet pathway
of light,

the tawny
close grained cedar
burning round
me like fire
and all the angels of this housely
heaven ascending
through the first
roof of light
the sun has made.

This is the bright home
in which I live,
this is where
I ask
my friends
to come,
this is where I want
to love all the things
it has taken me so long
to learn to love.

This is the temple
of my adult aloneness
and I belong
to that aloneness
as I belong to my life.

There is no house
like the house of belonging

--David Whyte

From The House of Belonging 1992

David Whyte on Belonging and Coming Home 2 minutes long

Forgive me if this is a Redux of one of my favorite David Whyte Video,  but as Pat Conroy once said, “David Whyte makes the reading of poetry a matter of life and death. His writings have moved me and changed me.” –Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides.


  1. thank you for this perfect beginning to this unfolding day.
    this is just what we have been talking about together...
    this meeting of hearts and minds.
    the willingness to connect beyond our selves...
    the exquisite healing of belonging.

    love you....

  2. oh, what a joy to find this here...
    isn't it breathtaking .


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