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Ink Blots: The Invitation

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Hello, Cheer Readers! Welcome to this week’s Ink Blots, where I’ll be sharing with you poems – from classic to contemporary, published to performed pieces – every other Sunday.

It’s been a while since the last Ink Blots, but I hope you’re all good, making the most of the remaining days of the year. (Can you believe 2015 is almost over?) Whatever you may be up to these days, allow me to drizzle you with some inspiration today.

This month is all about happiness here at bookbed, and today’s piece is about the joy in accepting one’s true self and finding the beauty of life.

First shared in 1994, The Invitation by Oriah was published in the book of the same title in 1999. Often shared through word of mouth, quoted in the web and recited in various gatherings, this poem speaks of coming face-to-face with ourselves, of reevaluating our experiences and of retracing our steps and finding our way back to the truth of who we are.

The Invitation

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.

So, what sustains you from the inside when all else fails? Can you be alone with yourself? Do you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments?

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In a time when our days are governed by schedules and time is wasted in traffic, it would help to take a moment to welcome the invitation of revisiting ourselves, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and our dreams. What a delight it would be to give ourselves the gift of honesty, to live a life as authentic as possible. ☁

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Karz Montealegre breathes in poetry to give her life and locks the words in her mind to keep her alive. When not working, her hands yearn to write, her feet ache to dance, and her eyes seek new places to experience. Tweet her @KarzMM or follow her adventures (or the lack of it) on Instagram.

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  • Lindy
    Posted at 10:02h, 18 December Reply

    Aw, I love this! Thanks for posting this, Karz.

  • Lindy
    Posted at 10:05h, 18 December Reply

    Aw, I love this. Thanks for posting this, Karz.

  • Lindy
    Posted at 11:09h, 19 December Reply

    Aw, I love this. Thanks for posting this, Karz. 🙂

    • bookbed
      Posted at 21:14h, 19 December Reply

      And thank you for reading, Lindy! 🙂

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