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Yourgreatmistakeistoactthedramaasifyouwerealone.Asiflifewereaprogressiveandcunningcrimewithnowitnesstothetinyhiddentransgressions.Tofeelabandonedistodenytheintimacyofyoursurroundings.SurelyevenyouattimeshavefeltthegrandarraytheswellingpresenceandthechoruscrowdingoutyoursolovoiceYoumustnotethewaythesoapdishenablesyouorthewindowlatchgrantsyoufreedom.Alertnessisthehiddendisciplineoffamiliarity.Thestairsareyourmentorofthingstocomethedoorshavealwaysbeentheretofrightenyouandinviteyouandthetinyspeakerinthephoneisyourdream-laddertodivinity.Putdowntheweightofyouralonenessandeaseintotheconversation.Thekettleissingingevenasitpoursyouadrinkthecookingpotshavelefttheirarrogantaloofnessandseenthegoodinyouatlast.Allthebirdsandcreaturesoftheworldareunutterablythemselves.Everythingiswaitingforyou.DavidWhytefromEverythingisWaitingforYou2003ManyRiversPressusedwithpermissionwww.davidwhyte.comThispublicationismadepossiblethroughtheeffortsoftheSt.LouisCountyAttorneysOfceinassociationwithlocallawenforcementagencies.FundsutilizedareconvertedpropertythataidedinorwasusedinthecommissionofcriminaloffensesthatoccurredinSt.LouisCounty.Notaxpayerdollarshavebeenexpendedintheprintingofthispublication.OurlasttwoReportshavefeaturedthepoetryofNaomiShihabNye.ThisyearIwasdrawntothispoem.Somemightsaybyaccident...ThewordsofDavidWhytespeakfromhisheartdirectlytotheheartofsomanyofourfellowcitizensthatweservefromyoungtoold.AfterhegrantedmepermissiontousethepoemIlearnedthatDavidwillbeinMinnesotatodeliverthekeynoteaddressforthisfallsPHHSAnnualConferenceCoincidenceWhereIcomefromwecallthatcircumstantialevidence...EverythingisWaitingforYouMarkS.Rubin-St.LouisCountyAttorney