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sunday poem (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

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.

“Sweet darkness” © 2004 David Whyte. The house of belonging. Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, p. 32. image:


4 responses »

  1. A perfect Sunday poem on this dark dawn with rain rushing onto the forest floor. Getting close to solstice, a time of darkness, of rest, and of love from within. Best of today to you Peter.

  2. this is so where i am at right now. david whyte is so wonderful. thank you for sharing.

  3. Catherine Davey

    Thank you Peter for sharing that lovely poem. I too have been battling the short days and a frequent sadness that surrounds me. Your words have helped me immensely over the last week or two – just to have you and others sharing and confirming that we are not alone. Your words are a great comfort to me and I’m sure to a great number of people. By the way I made a holiday card this year and used the phrase in a Thomas Merton poem “May the light of your soul guide you.” On a lighter note if this darkness is supposed to guide us into introspection perhaps I shall take myself over to Bubba Rose, enjoy a cinnamon bun and ponder that.
    Have a good week Peter,


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