The Invitation

~ by Oriah Mountain Dreamer ~

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 doesnt 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 or 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


7 responses to “The Invitation”

  1. Beautiful very moving Sent from Samsung Mobile on O2


  2. I just love it too 🙏


  3. […] came to the conclusion that what I was afraid of was pain, suffering. I came across this poem in a beautiful blog. I’m not sure I can say I found it; it rather found […]

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  4. Hi Stacie! I’ve just checked your “Abstract Play” post (December 18, 2020), and enjoy what I see. Now it got me thinking, that perhaps it will be a good idea if in the future any poetry post like this is accompanied by a drawing (abstract or whatever, your call). Just saying. 🙂 Cheers!

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  5. A good idea thank you! This post actually was from my old blog which I transferred to my art website but I left a couple of my poems as I thought that when working through this blog as a journaling site it would be nice to include poetry, quotes or reflections anything that indicates inspiration so I’m very grateful for your comment because it means I’m on track thank you 🙏 I’ve a lot more to add here but I’ve been working on my online exhibition for my general art site but will start uploading here soon so I will get to reflecting and see if some poetry can go with a couple of posts! ✨ interesting angle for sure.


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