Sweet Darkness

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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 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

 

The Holy Longing

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Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,
because the mass man will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.

In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you,
when you see the silent candle burning.

Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher love-making sweeps you upward.

Distance does not make you falter.
Now, arriving in magic, flying,
and finally, insane for the light,
you are the butterfly and you are gone.
And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.

 ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe