“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” — Mary Oliver

“Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

— T. S. Eliot, from ‘East Coker’ in The Four Quartets.

“The unknown is an abstraction; the known, a desert; but what is half-known, half-seen, is the perfect breeding ground for desire and hallucination.” — Juan José Saer

“Tie your heart at night to mine, my love,
and both will defeat the darkness
like twin drums beating in the forest
against the heavy wall of wet leaves.

— Pablo Neruda from Sonnet LXXIX (tr. rjh), Cien Sonetos de Amor.

“If it’s darkness we’re having, let it be extravagant.” — Jane Kenyon, from ‘Taking Down the Tree’.

dark part of my soul
shivers. You don’t want to know more
about this.”

—  Mary Oliver, from ‘Every Morning’.



Filed under Poems, Quotations

3 responses to “Thresholds

  1. Mary Oliver is one of my all time favoite poets. Thank you for sharing this. I named Oliver’s “Dog Songs” as one of the best books of last year. Here is the post if you want to see what I said. I would love to hear your opinion:

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