Poetry Resources

Tilicho Lake

In this high place
it is as simple as this,
leave everything you know behind.

Step toward the cold surface,
say the old prayer of rough love
and open both arms.

Those who come with empty hands
will stare into the lake astonished,
there, in the cold light
reflecting pure snow,

the true shape of your own face.


David Whyte
From "Where Many Rivers Meet", 1993, Many Rivers Press, Langley, Washington