Start close in,
don鈥檛 take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don鈥檛 want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way of starting
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people鈥檚 questions,
don鈥檛 let them
smother something
simple.

To find
another鈥檚 voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a
private ear
listening
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don鈥檛 follow
someone else鈥檚
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don鈥檛 mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don鈥檛 take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don鈥檛 want to take.

Whyte, David. River Flow: New and Selected Poems (Revised (Revised). United States, Many Rivers Press, 2012.