Let Me Lie in The Cave of My Soul…
December 11th, 2015
This powerful poem by Joyce Rupp, ‘Winter’s Cloak’ was used in the Chalice Well ceremony at the OBOD Winter Gathering last weekend.
This year I do not want the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap of silent stillness.
Its cloak of long lasting embrace.
Too much light has pulled me away from the chamber of gestation.
Let the dawns come late, let the sunsets arrive early.
Let the evenings extend themselves while I lean into the abyss of my being.
Let me lie in the cave of my soul, for too much light blinds me,
Steals the source of revelation.
Let me seek solace in the empty places of winter’s passage,
Those vast dark nights, that never fail to shelter me.
Usually, at Samhain and Yule, we only remember that this darkness will soon end. The message is more that light is all good, darkness is all bad. How important to look at this the other way, particularly for the internal process of healing that winter’s night can afford us.
Beautiful and something I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing. Solstice blessings.
Such wonderful words, I lost my husband in September and the darker, longer nights have been a comfort and a chance to reflect on what’s happened.
Philip, this both beautiful and deep. I would like to know the name of the poem so I can add it to my Real world (not my blog) Crane Book of Wisdom. Thank you for any information that can/will lead me to the full poem. Nine Blessings, Philip.
It’s by Joyce Rupp from “The Circle of Life” which she co-wrote with Macrina Wiederkehr. Her website is here:
Beautiful words. Thank you.
Heading into another bright-hot Aussie summer, I too would rather a little more darkness yet, so I relate to this very well!
Lovely, thank you, Philip.
Darkness has a beauty to often shunned by those who do not understand……here is where we connect to our very essence…yes indeed…. very beautitful words…thank you