Saturday, January 10, 2009

Self Portrait by David Whyte

This poem speaks so eloquently about the Soul-making process. Keep in mind that some of the Christian priests during the Renaissance said they were religious monotheists and psychological polytheists, hence the seamless synthesis of Classical and Christian art.

Self Portrait by David Whyte

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 heard, in that fierce embrace,
even the gods speak of God.

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