Wednesday, June 23, 2010

" soul is a dark forest..."

"That I am I.

That my soul is a dark forest.

That my known self will never be
more than a little clearing in the forest.

That gods, strange gods, come forth
from the forest into the clearing of
my known self and then go back.

That I must have the courage
to let them come and go.

That I will never let mankind put
anything over on me,
but that I will try always
to recognize and honor
the gods in me
and the gods in
other men and women."

~D.H. Lawrence


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  1. smiles. a beautiful quote and a beautiful sunset...hope you have a great weekend..

  2. Hi Bonnie,

    A wonderful pairing of photo and poem. Perhaps no actual self, no known self, just apparent ones, just clearings and gods in the forest. And trees. Trees.


    Oh such a wonderful of poetry and picture - breathtaking. I see such hope.

    Love to you
    peace and hope for us all.....

  4. What a wonderful photo, oh my, loved the words to go with it to. take care.

  5. ah, lovely,
    gods and trees,
    mmm. yes. I could go for that.
    and a little, lit clearing.

  6. I can relate to the images in this poem, Bonnie. In my ignorance, I didn't know he wrote poetry too. Fortunately you knew that, and could introduce me to this lovely thing. Thanks.

  7. I love the poetry of DHL - so many people seem to like (some of) his novels but not the poems so it's nice to see one here. In fact, I like all of DHL - essays, travel pieces, off-the-wall philosophy - the lot! In Sicily recently we saw the house in Taormina where he lived for a few years.

  8. Beautiful poem, wonderful photo as well as the paintings on your previous posts. I love them..

  9. there was something positively mid-European about this strange man.

  10. The known self as a clearing in the forest is such a great and fecund metaphor. Beautifully coupled with the photo.

  11. Nice poem, beautiful sunset. D.H.Lawrence was a friend of Georgia O'Keefe. One of my favorite paintings of hers is called, "The Lawrence Tree" and it is looking up through the branches of a pine tree to a star filled sky.


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