I Still Need Darkness

I’m huddled in my cave,
a stick fire kindled
with a flickered flame
lighting the cragged walls;
outside the winter sky
blue black and full of stars,
layers of snow upon the earth,
ice covering the sleeping trees.
There is much to heal
’till I can travel the ground
and cross the broad river.
I need darkness
and the closeness of wool,
my thoughts wrapped
with feelings like sap
waiting in the hidden root.
When I call, you will answer
but that day is not here.
I hold your memory
beneath the blanket
of all that’s passed and gone.
I look out but stay within.
There is much to heal
and I still need darkness.




24 Responses to “I Still Need Darkness”

  1. Jane says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thanks Don.

  2. Jude says:

    Oh yes, this has been my February thoughts for years and years.
    Takes me so long to get into the dark, into that inner engagement, that the returning sun comes nearly two months too early, every year.

  3. Gene Latimer says:


    Thanks, Don

  4. I loved that phrase “beneath the blanket of that has passed and gone.” It reminded me of a poem I wrote a few days ago of the shadow.

    Moil in rocky soil
    Where shadow places
    Random thoughts
    In Holy ground resolved…

    These thoughts seem to touch the same wave length.

    Thanks for the depth and beauty of your expression.

  5. David Rogers says:

    Thank you, Don.

    My wife, also a poet, says she loves this.

  6. Anne says:

    You are a well rooted man. Thank you for this particularly sweet

  7. Lloyd Meeker says:

    Terrific Imbolc poem, Don — thanks.

  8. David Banner says:

    Don…I have finished my book LOVING IT ALL;LIVING WITH AN AWAKENING HEART, soon to be published. In the chapter on healing the shadow, I make exactly this point, though nowhere near as beautifully…

  9. It’s interesting that, when I’ve gone to ground in hibernation, I release a firestorm of the past into the darkness.

  10. Johnny Shekinah says:

    Beautiful poem, Don. Dark and light.

  11. Cd Marie says:

    Yes, we must retreat from time to time.

  12. Rose says:

    This one resonates SO strongly with me!

    Beautifully put, and so real.

  13. John Connor says:

    Yes. A couple of years ago I gave a service called “The Holy Dark.” All that is creative and muddy starts in the dark.

  14. Pat Fitzsimmons says:

    Our bodies naturally create a scab that provides a dark, protected environment for a wound to heal….wise bodies we have…

  15. Maria Jimenez Frid says:

    Creative and exciting dreams grow in the dark. Issues are resolved while we sleep and our busy minds quiet. Thank you for celebrating the womb of lightlessness with your beautiful poem, Don!

  16. Paul Blythe says:

    Yes, we all need the dark to see the stars surrounded by the vast oneness of the Universe of which we are part. We need to heal and forgive before we cross that river. Thanks Don

  17. Chaz Burton says:

    Indeed – I often resist it, but in this moment I embrace the darkness and let the healing occur! Thanks for the reminder….

  18. concetta antonelli says:

    This is such a jewel Don, and such an encouragement to these long dark wet somber days. You speak such beautiful truth.

  19. Tom Wilson says:

    Utterly human.

    Thanks Don.

  20. Interesting in a good way! Mysterious and true. I have shared it on all my social media platforms, and I hope others have, too!

  21. Jim Ehmke says:

    Wonderful, Don, I really enjoyed this poem.

    One of many.

  22. John Watson says:

    Thanks for writing what the rest of us are feeling.

  23. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing difficulties with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can’t subscribe to it. Is there anyone else getting identical RSS issues? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

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