Self Portrait –David Whyte (‘Fire in the Earth’)

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 towards 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



I hear people talk about disease
With dis-ease as if the word itself is a disease.

It commands presence for experience.

An experience of lacking
Endured with shame and ridicule
Should I cling to it or hide behind it?

Sometimes both in this state of confusion.

To feel this temporary sensation so lastingly
Can make transition feel timeless.

I accept you as a union
Rather than feel you as a barrier

To feel dis-ease is to free disease

Acceptance is bliss