The Window

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You speak about it

As if it were a portal

To your potential


What lies through it

You see, oh God, you see

Yet you cannot touch

Or breathe

Or be


Waiting and wondering

When will someone come

To lift the pane / the pain


‘Til you wake

Should you wake

To the window’s truth


There is no savior

Pushed-up sleeves

No unsung hero

Only you


Still you deny

Who am I

To set myself free


It’s been so long,

Painted over, nailed down

Prematurely bound


Yet, in the stillness

Before the pane

You come to believe

“There is no path to freedom

That does not go through me”


So you come to the frame

Feeling, groping

Raging into time-worn sutures

Shaking, heaving




Bathed with effort’s dew

Flesh on wood


It yields


Yawning open

You breathe

Shallow, testing sips

Then deeper / Deeper

Inhaling possibility

Potential once obscured

Now revealed


Exhaling the wail

Of loneliness and futility

A complacent disconnection


You pause

Lean in, and look

No longer apart

But not yet a part

Of that world

Out there


And then it happens

Reality tumbles softly over the sill

Into the reservoir

of your crossed legs

Conspiring into the soul


To what use

Asks its voice

Will you put this portal


Will you simply sit, and gaze

Flirting with the scent

Of a life that calls

Illuminated, yet still



A denizen of breath and sight

Subsisting on wisps of essence

Yet never taking your seat

With friends

To feast

To weave

To span the chasm

From what if

To this shall be


Or will you

In some way, your way

Traverse the frame

To set ablaze

A world that

Only you can claim


And then you notice

A deeper truth

The window, it seems

Is not an end, but an invitation

A passage to invention


It was never about the window

But the will to step through it

And then you wonder

How can I

And then you realize


How can I not


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41 responses

41 responses to “The Window”

  1. Pamela Miles says:

    So beautiful, Jonathan, thank you — I can’t believe I read the whole thing!

    • lydia says:

      Hello Sweet Wonderful Jonathan, Thank you for sharing you with us. I feel like I too am in that space of being “illuminated yet sedated.” Having been a stay at home mum for sooo long I now need to find my new purpose meaning and creativity. Your turn of phrase has moved me. I like your later invitation to “come and play.” I believe our work should be playFull. I am looking forward to building ventures, writing, making inventive art and finding the light of my own insight.
      Love Light and Blessings, Lydia

  2. Monica says:

    Wow! Powerful and really moving. Thanks.

  3. I’ve been pondering my own potential. How looking out a window to see all of life there and I cannot just step out into it – live. Nice poem. Thoughts very SUNDAY-ish.

  4. Evelyn Asher says:

    Revelations in every stanza. I genuinely appreciate your gift and sharing it with the world.

  5. Nazy-Zahra Goshtasbi says:

    Thank you, it is so powerful. That’s amazing how I feel the same about the subject. And I loved the metaphore.

  6. Jackie says:

    Beautiful & inspiring! Thanks Jonathan.

  7. Russ Olney says:

    Thank You Jonathan. The phrase that hit me was

    It was never about the window
    But the will to step through it

    That is so true

  8. Arlette says:

    I appreciate your poem (and your work). These two lines caught my attention:

    “Flirting with the scent Of a life that calls…”
    “…To span the chasm, From what if, To this shall be”

    Just wanted to say thank you for sharing and for being a living example of living the good life.

  9. Lee says:

    At the risk of sounding silly…awesome! Thanks Jonathan:)

  10. Shirley says:

    Thank You !!!!

  11. Baerbel says:

    Simply beautiful!
    Thanks Jonathan.

  12. Thomas says:


  13. Scott says:

    Hey Jonathan. I love how you deliver such a powerful message with the beautiful simplicity of a poem. Thank you for sharing the imagery and inspiration.

  14. ‘How can I not?’ Awesome Jonathan.

    That is indeed the question – when you know what you can do and the world awaits – you have decide if, using an appropriate phrase, you’re willing to ‘jump out the window’.

    Because no matter how awkwardly you begin to traverse the window pane, the will always overcomes the skill.


  15. Nathalie says:

    Jonathan, thanks for sharing this. I did a mixed media painting called Windowsill Dreams not too long ago that is now part of a rental collection and those words speak to that so well. Powerful that it was never about the window but the will to step through 🙂

  16. Ragini says:

    OMG Jon, this poem is absolutely fantastic. Every like spoke straight to my soul 🙂

    “What lies through it

    You see, oh God, you see

    Yet you cannot touch

    Or breathe

    Or be”

    Yes I see, but cannot touch…

    “Still you deny

    Who am I

    To set myself free”

    Indeed, who am I to set myself free? But I really must, because who else will? (though I always thought the Divine would help me with a miracle 🙂 ).

    Thanks, I am going to copy this and store it for offline reading 🙂

  17. Vickie says:

    Oh so beautiful, moving and visually appealing. Thanks so much.

  18. Beth says:

    So SO good. Know whatever insightful goodness you put out there, it is always relevant for someone out there. This morning, I’m one of those people. Thanks, Jonathan. Your podcasts are my running partners and your emails are always treasured.

  19. Sameer says:

    Thank you Jonathan for the visual, the wisdom, the inquiry. I was transported by your side, looking through the window, being inside it, and across it at the same time. I see my stuck feet and the simple wish and necessity to just walk through and keep walking. With greater stillness. Paradoxical physics :).

  20. Claire C. says:

    These beautiful words ministered deeply to my Spirit. May we all have the courage to step through!

    Thank you for sharing, friend!

  21. Ashley says:

    Poetry is great 🙂 I am loving the variety of posts it’s one of the reasons this is one of my favorite blogs!

  22. Jill says:

    Yes, yes, yes.

    “It was never about the window

    But the will to step through it”


    Thank you for brightening my day.

  23. Susie Cook says:

    That is awesome! Thank you Jonathan

  24. Barbara says:

    I love it. Very beautiful and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. Iva says:

    Thank you so much!

  26. Angie says:

    Inspiring and soul uplifting, thank you for sharing your beautiful words.

  27. Tracy says:

    Thank you for always showing up when I need you…
    love your work.

  28. Simon says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    This is absolutely inspirational. How you paint a picture with words is amazing.

    This is just more inspiration to fuel my desire to step through the window myself. To learn to realise my potential. To take the leap of faith.

    Thank you.

  29. Tammy says:

    WOW! I needed this reminder today. Thank You.

  30. Mike says:

    Wow…. very, very cool. Thanks for sharing that. #special

  31. Claire says:

    Utterly insightful and just what I needed this Monday morning. Love it, thank you.

  32. This is to beautifully written. Thanks, Jonathan. As always, just what I needed to hear this week.

    Vari x

  33. sherry e says:

    yes, it’s crazy how we fear what we want, thank you for shining the light on moving past that – liberating ourselves is just a step away.

  34. Flaviena says:

    Wow, this was exactly what I needed. Thank you 🙂


    “…How can I not?”

  35. Malia says:

    Very Inspiring! Thank you – So grateful to have you in my inbox!

  36. Martha says:

    Wow! Thank you!! So beautifully put. I have been looking through that window for so long now……finally have gotten it partially open…but I keep peeking my head out then back in like a groundhog…..thanks for letting me know I am not alone. So grateful for your writing.

  37. Denise M says:

    That was the most beautiful blog post I have ever read.

  38. Shell Parsons says:

    Oh my God Jonathan. That brought tears to my eyes. Your words. My visual imagery. Just beautiful. x

  39. Suzette Blakemore says:

    You inspire me on a regular basis! Thanks for the beautiful words and your willingness to share.
    You are my definition of courage.
    Thank you