Grey and Golden, Young and Fleeting Poetry Friday Reading Themes

[Poetry Friday] When Love Both Leaves and Arrives – David Whyte’s “Journey”

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Myra here.

I am glad to be joining the Poetry Friday community this week. For the past several weeks, Iphigene has been kind enough to share most of her original poems and her thoughts about mortality. This is in keeping with our current reading theme: Grey and Golden, Young and Fleeting.

Thank you so much to the fabulous Renee LaTulippe of No Water River for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday.


As I was preparing this much-delayed blogpost this evening, I revisited some of my saved Brainpickings posts on Facebook. I felt that this poem by David Whyte captures the fleeting aspect of love gradually fading away. David also included a brief note on what this poem means, which I decided to not include here. I want you to draw your own images from the poem and evoke its essence based on where you may be now in your life. I have taken a screenshot of the poem using my iPhone and edited it using an App. Hope you like it.



Here is David Whyte reading the poem:

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

4 comments on “[Poetry Friday] When Love Both Leaves and Arrives – David Whyte’s “Journey”

  1. Such a beautiful poem, Myra! Thanks for sharing that video, too – nothing like the poet’s voice to add resonance to the words.


  2. What a beautiful and touching poem! Love hearing the poet recite it, too. David Whyte is new to me. Now I need to read more of his work!


  3. Myra,
    Thanks for posting these. Interesting how the word “sometimes” adds weight to the lines.


  4. maryleehahn

    Oh, my. I do love this poem. The way he carries the metaphor of the geese throughout and the black marks that are not negative, but a positive sign of survival.


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