Sweet Darkness

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 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 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.