We shape our self to fit this world
and by the world are shaped again.
The visible and the invisible
working together in common cause,
to produce the miraculous.
I am thinking of the way the intangible air
passed at speed round a shaped wing
easily holds our weight.
So may we, in this life trust
to those elements we have yet to see
or imagine, and look for the true
shape of our own self by forming it well
to the great intangibles about us.
Written for the presentation of the Collier Trophy to the Boeing Company, 1996. Copyright © 1996, 1998 by David Whyte. From The House of Belonging, by David Whyte. Reprinted by permission of the author and Many Rivers Press, Langley, Washington.