David Whyte Poem

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.

David Whyte Poetry

 

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