Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Lightest Touch

I mentioned last week that my son has been sharing poetry with me. It's been so lovely to share hearts with him. This week he introduced me to David Whyte. The poem he sent me is in the YouTube video below, but I simply fell in love with this poem I found on David's website. Enjoy!

Then stop by Merely Day by Day where Cathy hosts the Poetry Friday Round up.

The Raising of Lazarus. 15th century. Novgorod school. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

by David Whyte

Good poetry begins with
the lightest touch,
a breeze arriving from nowhere,
a whispered healing arrival,
a word in your ear,
a settling into things,
then like a hand in the dark
it arrests your whole body,
steeling you for revelation.

In the silence that follows
a great line
you can feel Lazarus
deep inside

Read the rest here.


  1. Doraine, I agree with you. The poems by David Whyte are compelling. Thank you for sharing. How wonderful it is that you and your son share poetry.

  2. David Whyte was new to me so I had to do a bit of research. Interesting to find some of his work in audio on iTunes. It's always a bonus to listen to a poet read his/her words.


  3. Love "The Lightest Touch". Thanks for introducing me to David's work. So nice that you and your son share poems. :)

  4. My inner Lazarus needs a kick in the tush. He's been holed up and clammed up for several weeks.

  5. Beautiful final lines in this poem. I like the connection between the story of Lazarus and the concept of creative inspiration.

  6. Glad I found this post, even if late! Gorgeous poem - not surprised it captivated you (& your son). Wishing you continued enlightenment this Lent.