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Poem Project – entry #2 Sweet Darkness

Sweet Darkness    by     David Whyte

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 tonight.

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 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.

I’ve decided my project for this year will be a fabric poetry journal.

Background on poem discovery:  Four lines of this poem were quoted in the book, Traveling With Pomegranates, that I finished just before Christmas. I was pretty sure I had read some of David Whyte’s poetry before and went looking for the rest of it on the internet.  (go Google!)  I also poked around in writings I received when I participated in a Courage to Teach retreat series a few years back.  I remembered the winter retreat being focused on the paradoxes of winter, cold weather, firelight, darkness and light, the earth and ourselves preparing for the new growth of spring.  This poem was tucked in my notebook as well as some other prose that supported the imagery the poem created for me.

“Being true to who we are means carrying our spirit like a candle in the center of our darkness.”  Mark Nepo

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by an encounter with another human being.  Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have kindled this inner light.”  Albert Schweitzer

“What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space.”  Judy Brown

  • poem project is 8″ x 9.5″
  • small photo from amulet

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One response to “Poem Project – entry #2 Sweet Darkness

  1. Margie Kimberley says:

    OH A….., I am loving these poetry-inspired pieces almost as much as I love you. No, I take that back …. it is just NOT possible to love a something as much as a someone.

    But ah, there is my amulet. Open to the air – I could have walked around the corner from where I sit and taken the above photo of it sitting on my zen garden altar.

    And your school blog is so wonderful. Impressive.

    mlk

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