I have just encountered David Whyte (thanks to my friend Dave) on the Sam Harris podcast and then “On Being” podcast with Krista Tippett. His words touch me in my deepest places and I am now buying and devouring his books of poetry and words. This one. Oh, this one….
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.
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.