Second Edition, with new poem, "Not Taken"FINISTERRE
The themes explored in David Whyte's 7th book of poetry reflect the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim: someone passing through relatively quickly, someone dependent on friendship, hospitality and help from friends and strangers alike, someone for whom the nature of the destination changes step by step as it approaches, and someone who is subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way.
Chapter themes are Pilgrim, Camino, Companion, The West, Looking Back, and Postscript.
The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken,
into the western sea, and the moon rising behind you
as you stood where ground turned to ocean: no way
to your future now but the way your shadow could take,
walking before you across water, going where shadows go
no way to make sense of a world that wouldn't let you pass
except to call and end to the way you had come [...]