Posted by: faultlessfinish | June 17, 2013

The Examined Life

“It’s really hard to do self-portraits in the dark…” – Randi Feuerhelm-Watts

I came across this quotation a few months ago and couldn’t get it out of my head, so I wrote a few lines about it. I later wrote a poem inspired by an author I’ve been working with recently and his work. The two ideas were originally unconnected, but this blog post is the melding of the two.

Getting inside your head and facing your own “darkness” can be terrifying, but sometimes to move forward and find lightness again, it’s a necessary evil.

“Dark Bliss”

How can we know our selves
If we keep them in the shadows

To incite big shifts
Monumental trembles, shakes,
We must first go inside the deep Caverns
Of our own
Dark
Minds.
The places that our hearts don’t want to attend to
Inside the tight spaces
Where we want to scream out
For fear of being smothered
Claustrophobic depths,
Unforgiving
Caverns in our existence

Is the smile for the camera fake?
Done for the sake of the show?

Stoke the fire within
To incite light
Find light, shift.

Paint your portrait in the light of the morning.

Song of the week: “Beggar in the Morning” – The Barr Brothers

Namaste 🙂

Rachel

Darkness and light

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Responses

  1. I agree that original quote is both amusing and thought provoking. It has meanings on many levels which is always the hallmark of a remark worth making.

    • Agreed! It made sense to me on a couple different levels, which is why I couldn’t get it out of my head. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. […] stop by her blog to catch up with her current projects and/or thoughts. This poem was included in a post she wrote that was inspired by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts, and also an author she’s been working […]

  3. http://www.colecrook.com/dark-bliss-by-rachel-gardener/

  4. http://goo.gl/A0pKH I did this without asking… :/ But it was too good not to share!

  5. Thank you for the share, Cole!! Much appreciated.

  6. […] stop by her blog to catch up with her current projects and/or thoughts. This poem was included in a post she wrote that was inspired by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts, and also an author she’s been working […]


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