Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sweet Darkness

I'm generally not a huge fan of poetry. I consider writing to be a pretty difficult trade, and poets, it seems to me, are writers who have chosen to make hard work even harder. But David Whyte is different. His poetry is both simple and deep and speaks to the heart, and I like the fact that he studied Marine Zoology in Wales and trained as a naturalist in the Galapagos Islands. He has also worked as a naturalist guide, leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in various parts of the world, including treks among the mountains of Nepal. So thank you, G, for sending me this...

Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

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