“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 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” by David Whyte, House of Belonging

3 thoughts on ““Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte

  1. mishedup


    i just wrote, well, half-ass wrote a blog post based on reading another of his poems yesterday, and then here this is…interesting.
    Not sure if the other post will go live, a little too….you know what i mean? but i’m trying to re-work it.
    I love Whyte though, a wonderful poet. There is a great little youtube of him reading the poem I am talking about…his little irish brogue.
    anyway, thanks, loved this

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  2. First, I absolutely love the whole of this, I’ve never read it before. Second, I love this part so much because, just because:

    “Time to go into the dark
    where the night has eyes
    to recognize its own.”

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