Sweet Darkness


When your eyes are tiredthe 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 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.

-- David Whyte from The House of Belonging ©1996 Many Rivers Press

* What would be different about your life if you gave up all worlds, except the one to which you belong? * What is calling to you from the darkness? * What or who brings you alive? Write a list. What do you notice? What are you now committed to? * Begin a poem or prose piece with the words, "When my eyes are tired..."