Sweet Darkness

January 23, 2019

There are all kinds of prisons in this world. The worst are self-created. We can spend our time trying to forget or escape, or we can try to learn what the imprisonment is trying to teach us. If we let it, poetry, the deep and rich language of the soul, can often be an excellent teacher. 


David Whyte is a truly gifted Irish poet. He's the author of 9 volumes of poetry, the latest entitled The Bell and The Blackbird. Whyte's poem "Sweet Darkness" reads as if written by someone who has spent some time imprisoned.


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 home


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


any or anyone
that does not bring you alive


is too small for you.

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