Self Portrait

Self Portrait

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 can know despair or 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 consequences of love and the bitter,
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

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

~by David Whyte

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