what brings you alive

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 meant 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 by David Whyte

10 thoughts on “what brings you alive

    • I used to tell my daughter that I wasn’t about to buy something that didn’t leap off the shelf and sing and dance for me. I like your version better! 🙂

  1. As always, such poignant art and poetry 🙂 “what does not bring you alive is too small for you” – Can I say Amen sister – you who have recently inspired me to be alive with creativity! 🙂

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