I want to know

Yesterday, I came across something which truly touched my heart and stirred something deep within me. A friend suggested an author to me – Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I checked out the website and stumbled uponΒ this beautiful poem:

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 doesn’t 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.

I just can’t wait to read her work. Do drop in a line in the comments if you have read her already. πŸ™‚

If you want to check out the site, here’s the link:


You’ll find some AMAZING poems!!



Filed under Life, Love, Musings, Sourced

10 responses to “I want to know

  1. Shilpi Sharma

    Hey Iyer

    It doesn’t interest me from where you got this poem….
    all i want to say is that ….ITS BEAUTIFUL n VERY PRACTICAL…..it touched my heart n my soul….
    i can very well relate to this …..coz i would expect the same from my someone special πŸ˜‰
    keep up the good work.

    n ya wht hv u thought bout joining the SWEETU COMMUNITY ???
    do le t me know πŸ™‚

    Shilpi Sharma
    Sweetu Community

  2. O Ma’am!!! This is amazing… simply breathtaking!

  3. I have taken a print of this poem and pasted in my cubicle to remind me of these again and again.

    Thanx a ton.

  4. That was a nice poem.

    Sweetu Community…hahahaha…er..sorry..haha..er..

    mm.sorry again..haahahaa… ok i will leave now..

  5. priyaiyer



    will let u know about that soon. πŸ˜€


    ya, isn’t it? πŸ™‚


    i loved it on first sight too! πŸ™‚ and, you are welcome!


    thanks! and thanks again! πŸ˜€


    thanku! πŸ™‚

  6. Oh. That was magnificent. Breathtaking.
    I haven’t read anything by her. Just wanted to tell you that blogchaat’s back.

  7. priyaiyer


    thanks! πŸ™‚ great to know that blogchaat is back again! thanks for the information! πŸ™‚

  8. Nithya Sivashankar

    πŸ™‚ loved it

  9. priyaiyer


    me too! me too! πŸ˜€

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