Famous Inspirational Poem

The Invitation is a prose poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Many years after the poem was written and had become famous, the author wrote a book based on the poem, The Invitation (1999), by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Oriah is a spiritual counselor and story teller, among other things. This poem offers an invitation to every single one of us to "show up" in the universe. She reminds us that we do not serve the universe by being small. Rather, we serve the universe by making the most out of our lives.

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I love this more than words. I think of these words often, especially in times that I feel as though I haven't done much through the years, and I'm sweetly reminded that I HAVE done so much!...

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The Invitation

By more Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It 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 dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesnt interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon...
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life's betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of 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
to be realistic
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.
If you can be faithless
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 own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

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

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



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  • Joseph Woods by Joseph Woods
  • 3 months ago

Twenty five years ago my future wife and I were getting to know each other on the phone. When we knew it was time to get together in person, my woman friend asked me to bring water from the gulf and she would bring water from the Pacific and we would pour the water together and create a personal ceremony for ourselves. "Oh yes" she said, "please bring a poem." We traveled the sacred lands of New Mexico and on a special day we stopped in the desert and created our ceremony. I began reading my poem, and I noticed she was smiling at me. I thought I was reading the poem, "The Invitation," very well and hoped to impress her. When she began to read her poem, I realized that she had brought the same poem! We have enjoyed many happy years together and we continue to enjoy hearing "The Invitation" read at many gatherings.

  • Priyanka by Priyanka
  • 3 months ago

This poem is ageless because I feel any and every generation can connect to it. It stands still on life and phases that go through every moment. I just love it to the core.

  • Gloria Sylvester by Gloria Sylvester
  • 1 year ago

"The Invitation" is the universe challenging us to remember who 'I am' in truth. It details the many distractions disguised as values to hold dear and goals to aim toward, chasing the externals while losing focus of our innate calling. It invites us to balance our masculine and feminine energies which brings us into harmony and oneness with the natural order of the universe of eternity, our calling, so that we may truly benefit from the "empty moments" without the experience of loneliness. I absolutely love this poem.

  • Saki Makume by Saki Makume
  • 1 year ago

A masterpiece! It comes from the heart and it really touched mine. It is saying to me to get real and stop being "plastic."

  • Larry Chenier by Larry Chenier
  • 1 year ago

This poem stripped away all the layers of preservation I used to shield my insecurities, which have grown so comfortable through the many years only to expose my vulnerability. It defines so methodically the need to examine one's heart and soul all the way to the core. This genuine poet portrays so distinctly the importance to deeply capitulate your fears and be true to yourself and all else will fall in place as it should.

  • Katana by Katana
  • 1 year ago

I love this more than words. I think of these words often, especially in times that I feel as though I haven't done much through the years, and I'm sweetly reminded that I HAVE done so much! I have gratitude for my experiences that overshadows the old pity-pot where I would frequently wallow. I have found love and together we frequently shout 'YES' at the moon. I have discovered power once lost, peace in times of war, and I have a love that is incomparable to what I thought possible. This poem rings in my ears when I feel any doubt, and reminds me of this journey and the resilience that reveals the reward at the end of any challenge, no matter the outcome!

  • Ashley Marilynne Wong by Ashley Marilynne Wong
  • 1 year ago

This poem speaks to me. It reminds me of the importance of getting to know myself, of staying true and of being introspective.

  • GeMa by GeMa
  • 1 year ago

A very meaningful poem for everyone, especially this generation who has become superficial at social gatherings. Everybody pretends to be better than the other, but inside we're only longing to be seen for who we are. I love it so much and have recommended it to friends and family. Giving it 5 stars.

  • Sangeeta Saha by Sangeeta Saha
  • 1 year ago

The realistic and honest way the poet speaks from the heart touched me deep inside. It's a great inspiration for me to write in the same way in the future.

  • Solomon Samuel by Solomon Samuel
  • 2 years ago

I'm also a writer and compete in contests with great poets. I'm touched by this poem, and this poet is for sure one of the great ones.

  • Rohit Kumar by Rohit Kumar
  • 2 years ago

It is the 1st poem I have read on my own. And after reading it, I can definitely say one thing; it will not be the last.

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