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


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