When the light around lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as a stone inside,
When you find yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you unknowingly
Leaned on has fallen,
When one voice commands
Your whole heart,
And it is raven dark,
Steady yourself and see
That it is your own thinking
That darkens your world.
Search and you will find
A diamond-thought of light,
Know that you are not alone,
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes,
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.
Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.
Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.
A new confidence will come alive
To urge you towards higher ground
Where your imagination
will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold!
I’m so glad you reminded me of this poem. Thank you as always by the way. My month came and went with my energy and my health. I’m better but still dealing with the flattening fatigue of radiation.
Here’s one that brings you to my mind:
In the sea of others
By Mark Nepo
It’s next to impossible to do this
alone. We need the loving truth of
others to be well. Inevitably, some
come with us are forever changed
while others watch as we’re forced
out to sea. It’s the power of love that
enables those who come along,
where a language of experience
is unearthed that can’t be translated
to those that stay behind.
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