SWEET DARKNESS by David Whyte

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‘Fish! For Life.’ I remember reading this book as a teenager. Papa had bought it for me for vacation reading. I was reading this when i came through Sweet Darkness. I was so inspired by the poem. I remember writing it down on a chart paper and pasting it on my cupboard. The poem gave me such inner strength. Whenever I was sad or frustrated due to other people, I always read this and found peace.

SWEET DARKNESS

by 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 home
          tonight.
The night will give you a horizon
          further than you can see.
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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’s “Sweet Darkness” is set in free verse. It is written so as to promote and explore the depth and purpose of the human soul: in intimate darkness; where we must first learn to live, so that we do not allow our environment to overtake our life.

David Whyte has employed an intimate tone in this poem. It feels as though he is sitting right across the room and talking to the reader. The thoughts are easily communicated and well understood.

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