Sunday, January 11, 2009

Self Portrait


It doesn't interest me if there is one God
Or many gods.
I want to know if you belong -- or feel abandoned;
If you know despair
Or can see it in others.
I want to know
If you are prepared to live in the world
With its harsh need to change you;
If you can look back with firm eyes
Saying "This is where I stand.
I want to know if you know how to melt
Into that fierce heat of living
Falling toward the center of your longing.
I want to know if you are willing
To live day by day
With the consequence of love
And the bitter unwanted passion
Of your sure defeat.
I have been told
In that fierce embrace
Even the gods
Speak of God.


~ David Whyte, Fire in the Earth

©1992 Many Rivers Press


(Found this over at Purple.)
(And the image here.)

3 comments:

mompriest said...

read this at purple's... good to read it again....

Lisa :-] said...

No. I don't know how. But that doesn't keep us from doing it, does it?

Anonymous said...

A beauty.

Mich