sometimes you
blow the candle out
and watch
until the last
joins the

sometimes you
fan the flame
to keep it
stave off
the darkness.

either way,
whether you
find the darkness
or it finds you,
is a part of
without it,
we don’t know
or sun
or nearly
as much about


just spied this quote
(that seems quite appropriate)
over at the e-home of my
talented and generous
and generously talented

“Knowing your own darkness
is the best method
for dealing with
the darknesses of other people.”
~ Carl Jung


  1. Lindsey

    Oh, this is just breathtaking.  Yes, yes, yes.  In these darkest days of the year, I’ve been struck by the appearance of a full and gorgeous moon.  Somehow your words remind me of that duality.  Without the darkness the light wouldn’t have any texture, or power.  xox

    • whollyjeanne

      Sugar, your words – even in such an elegant comment to my words – bring tears from the most tender places in my heart. Thank you.

  2. Meri1030

    Thanks for the reminder. <3

  3. Anonymous

    So true. I loved the end the best, because I find the stars and the moon and other things highlighted by darkness to be some of the most beautiful.

    • whollyjeanne

      It’s true: contrast is a beautiful thing.

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