“To Know the Dark”
with Geralyn McDowell
To Dance with God: Family Ritual and Community Celebration by Gertrude Mueller Nelson
“It is Advent, and, along with nature, we are a people waiting. Far out of the south, the winter light becomes thin and milky. The days grow shorter and colder and the nights long. Try as we may, we cannot fully dismiss the fundamental feelings that lie deep at our roots, a mixture of feelings dark and sweet.”
“To Know the Dark” by Wendell Berry
from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.