The Beauty of Shyness

Something that is stilled
A beauty in the deep
Encountering a shyness
That a person keeps

Within our culture now
It’s not a virtue held
But of the contrary
Directness is upheld

Attitude unflinching
All is on display
Trees without their shadows
Boring is the way

The shy have long shadows
Beauty behind eyes
The mystery of life
Reminder of disguise

Reverent invitation
Respectful friend there of
Wordless in our being
Together in one love

Based upon text taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J. M. Nouwen


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