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 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

anything or anyone that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

(C) David Whyte

House of Belonging

  • When you make of the dark a womb, what new vision will be born?
  • What is tired in you and in the world? Name everything that is deadening to you. Then make a list of everything that wakes you up and brings you alive. How can you move from the deadening place to the place of aliveness? What would you need to change? To do? To dream?
  • Write a poem about aliveness.