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
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