The Beauty of Dark and Quiet

I continue to learn that there is unique gift in the darkness. There is also gift in light. I continue to learn that there is notable life in the descent, just as there is life in the ascent. I continue to learn that there is importance and essence in the isolation, just as there is in the communal way.

Two Winter Solstice offerings are below.

One, by the American Poet Wendell Berry (with a thanks to my friend Roq Gareau for sharing it yesterday).

To Know The Dark
Wendell Berry

To go in the dark with a light
is to know the light.

To know the dark,
go dark.

Go without sight,
and find that the dark,
too,
blooms and sings,

and is traveled by dark feet
and dark wings.

The second is from my book, A Cadence of Despair, and from the final chapter on Birth and New Life.

Remember How To Go Quietly
Tenneson Woolf

Maybe the world is just noisy,
a cacophony of stimulation overload.

Maybe it is essential
to remember to go quietly.

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