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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.

“Finisterre”

by David Whyte

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”

by David Whyte

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

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“Sweet Darkness”

“Vulnerability”

by David Whyte

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”

by David Whyte

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)

by David Whyte

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

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“Stone” (Thobar Phádraig)

“Working Together”

by David Whyte

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

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“Working Together”

“Everything Is Waiting for You”

by David Whyte

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

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“Everything Is Waiting for You”

“The House of Belonging”

by David Whyte

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”