PUMI'S blog…

I thought I’d share…

…this beautiful, fierce, tender yet so powerful and engaging description of Love, that had me dancing the Waltz (in my head) to the ever so magical and exquisite piece of classical music -> the ‘Blue Danube Waltz‘ (currently playing as background music). To say this piece of writing describes how I feel… word for word?… would be TRUTH! 😉


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,

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.

written By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming, from the book The Invitation.

This entry was published on May 5, 2012 at 08:48. It’s filed under The Invitation and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “I thought I’d share…

  1. Lesego Godana on said:

    Hey Mpumi,

    Trust you and your family are well!
    I just noticed you left Facebook. Wanted to send you a message.
    I have just read a profound article on Real magazine – ‘Desperate Housewive’. I’m very proud of you!
    I also miss your chats on FB.
    My exhubby(twins dad) killed his wife and committed suicide on 18th September 2012. It’s been so hard for us, but life has to go on! I also believe that God has a great plan. You can google his story – Sunday World Melvin Khumalo
    Please when you have a moment Halla at me! – lsg.godana@gmail.com
    Much love & Stay blessed!

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