Fascinated by Darkness, Me

Spiritual joys come only from solitude / So the wise choose the bottom of the well / For the darkness down there beats / The darkness up here. / He who follows at the heels of the world / Never saves his head.

–Rumi, Solitude

Do you want to be at the bottom or the top of the well? I must not be wise because I would have chosen the top for reasons of sanity. I know it up here, I am trapped down there.

But the point is well taken, up here I am either tempted or coerced to follow the world. So I choose to be in the well of my head and never leave home without it. This way I can be me, but not too much.

5 thoughts on “Fascinated by Darkness, Me

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions July 26, 2014 / 6:36 pm

    When I have a choice solitude comes first. On the other hand, if I was forced to choose between solitude and companionship and my choice was to be forever more, I’d have to choose companionship. You can have solitude in the midst of companionship, but not the other way around.

    • fictionfitz July 27, 2014 / 6:21 am

      Had to read that several times. Very profound. I think of the words “total” and “blended.” Makes a difference. I like to have my cake and eat it too.

  2. Carole Webber July 26, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    I think I could find solitude at the top of the well. I appreciate the darkness but only when I know light is close behind,
    Clearly, I would prefer to not ever be in a well

  3. jhvn July 27, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    Rumi is Great!

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