Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The August Break 2011: Pic 18

Self Portrait

It doesn't interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
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 heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.

  -- David Whyte
 Fire in the Earth 
      ©1992 Many Rivers Press


Cameron said...

Wow....what does one say after that....I'm contemplative...and without the right words....wow.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marty,
What I know today is that I feel overwhelmed.
God is there, I just don't have time to listen - although this would be the BEST time to do so:)