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David Whyte
David Whyte

is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. His books include The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America, River Flow: New & Selected Poems, and Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment, and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.

Twice Blessed: A Poem

David Whyte on how love is a blessing twice over: Once in the act of its giving, and again when it is reflected back upon you.

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Twice Blessed: A Poem

Just Beyond Yourself: A Poem

How do you know that you’re on the right path? “Look at that far horizon and deep in the foundations of your own heart,” writes poet David Whyte.

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Just Beyond Yourself: A Poem

“Finisterre”

The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken, into the western sea, and the moon rising behind you as you stood where ground turned to ocean: no way to your future now but the way your shadow could take, walking before you across water, going where shadows go, no way to […]

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“Finisterre”

“Sweet Darkness”

A poem and a benediction from David Whyte for your day.

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“Sweet Darkness”

“Vulnerability”

Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without, vulnerability is not a choice, vulnerability is the underlying, ever present and abiding undercurrent of our natural state. To run from vulnerability is to run from the essence of our nature, the attempt to be invulnerable is the vain […]

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“Vulnerability”

“No One Told Me”

Listen to the British poet David Whyte read his poem “No One Told Me.”

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“No One Told Me”

“Stone” (Thobar Phádraig)

David Whyte reads his poem “Stone” (Thobar Phadraig).

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“Stone” (Thobar Phádraig)

“Working Together”

Listen to David Whyte read his lovely poem, “Working Together.”

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“Working Together”

“Everything Is Waiting for You”

David Whyte reads his poem “Everything Is Waiting for You.”

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“Everything Is Waiting for You”

“The House of Belonging”

A dawn meditation on the possibility of the day, and the quiet joy of belonging in a space of one’s own.

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“The House of Belonging”