Vespers in the Dark Wood

Image: Growing Through Grief by Natalia Drepina

“Since ancient times the near impenetrable forest in which we get lost has symbolized the dark, hidden, near-impenetrable world of our unconsious. If we have lost the framework which gave structure to our past life and must now find our way to become ourselves, and have entered this wilderness with an as yet undeveloped personality, when we succeed in finding our way out we shall emerge with a much more highly developed humanity.” ~ Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning And Importance of Fairy Tales

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Vespers…prayers at twilight. Do you dare approach the dark forest?

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Growing Through Grief by Natalia Drepina

Winter Warmth

bare black limbs vein the
cotton clouded sky, kindling
for the cold burn of moonlight

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