Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Question on a Sleepless Night

"In a murderous time
the heart breaks and breaks
and lives by breaking.
It is necessary to go
through dark and deeper dark
and not to turn."

These lines are some of my favorites from one of my favorite poems, "The Testing-Tree" by Stanley Kunitz.

My question is this: when you've gone through dark and deeper dark, and have not turned, and have got to the end and it's still dark and you're at a dead end--what do you do? Get a shovel and start digging?

Does this question even make sense?

3 comments:

Sarah :D said...

I think at times like that, the only thing you can do is pray...

The Celebrated Author said...

I agree. At that point it's not in your hands. (Perhaps it's never been.)

Anan said...

Go to church. Yup. ounest