You will have to decide
if you want thisâ€”
want the blessing that comes to you
on an ordinary day
when you are minding your own path,
bent on the task before you
that you have done a hundred times, a thousand.
You will have to choose for yourself
whether you will attend to the signs,
whether you will open your eyes to the searing light, the heat,
whether you will open your ears, your heart
to the voice that knows your name,
that tells you this place where you standâ€”
this ground so familiar and therefore unregardedâ€”
is, in fact,
You will have to discern
whether you have defenses enough
to rebuff the call,
to withstand the pull
of what blazes before you;
whether you will hide your face,
will turn away back towardâ€”what, exactly?
No path from here
could ever be ordinary again,
could ever become unstrange to you
whose seeing has been scorched beyond all salving.
You will know your path
not by how it shines before you
but by how it burns within you,
leaving you whole as you go from here
blazing with your inarticulate, your inescapable
Source:Â Jan Richardson
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