Monday, June 2, 2008

The Beauty of the Dark

This lovely poem came across my desk on Friday. As someone whose primary path is that of the Divine Mother, I think it treats Her dark side as the gorgeous reality it is!

O God, black can be beautiful!

Let us be aware of black blessings:

Blessed be the black night that nurtures dreams.

Blessed be the black hole out of which creation sprang.

Blessed be the black cave of imagination that births creativity.

Blessed be dark wombs that cradle us.

Blessed be black loam that produces nourishing food for our bodies. Blessed be black jazz that nourishes our souls.

Blessed be black energy that swirls into gracefulness.

Blessed be black coal that heats us.

Blessed be black boiling clouds, hurling down lightning and cleansing rain.

Blessed be even our own darkness, our raw, undeveloped cave of shadows.

O God, help us to befriend black and not deny its power.

Help us not to cover over the dark with fear but to open to it with your grace and to be open to your life within the dark.

May we discover the blessings that lie deep within our holy dark so that we may freely affirm that Black is beautiful indeed!
— William Fitzgerald in Blessings for the Fast Paced and Cyberspaced

Try reading it aloud to yourself.

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