Vicki L. Harvey: A favorite poem

Sweet Darkness
David Whyte

Years ago a friend took me to a workshop with David Whyte. He was such an inspiration to me and it was in a time of my life when I was searching for deeper meaning and had a feeling of despair. I was staying in a life that made me feel very small.  He was one of many poets that have inspired me to write poetry. I love the way he reads his poetry…the way he repeats lines…it is hypnotic.

Vicki L. Harvey
Accounts Payable Specialist

Santa Clara


Sweet Darkness

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
tonight.

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.

David Whyte

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One response to “Vicki L. Harvey: A favorite poem

  1. Renee Schell

    What a lovely, soul-affirming poem. So glad you shared this one Vicki.

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