The Invitation

by Neseret on April 3, 2016

Flower PowerIt 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 dreams, 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 center of your own sorrow.

If you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear or 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, 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.

I want to know if you can be faithful 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 life from God’s presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “YES!”

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 a night of grief and despair, weary, and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center 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.

From the “Dreams of Desire”, 1995 by Oriah House, Published by Mountain Dreaming

~ In Memory of Reed Hollett, A beautiful Soul ~

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Shawn Foubert July 27, 2017 at 12:39 am

I love this poem, and actually all of her works, she truly is inspiring. I contacted her in 2008 she truly is an amazing person. I read this today and it reminded me I have several of her books on my shelf and I should revisit them, Thank you.


Neseret September 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm


This poem is the only work that I’ve read of hers and it is beautiful, rich, and has so much depth. I’m curious now about the rest of her work. Thank you for stopping by and visiting here.



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