Dark Night of the Soul

Shaken by the
deviation from plans
shifting the ground I stand on
tearing open a rift

I fall into a black hole
Attempt to grasp the colors
that will bring me back into the world I love 
but it slips between my fingers

Sense of reality shattered
Futile to glue back together
the shards of countless pieces

I’m lost in this dark place
So I rebuild myself
Fashion a new identity
that propels me back outside

Time has passed
I’ve walked around
and lived in this new skin
As I’m listening to a new friend 
he says trigger phrase
which breaks the dam

A river of tears flow from within
Reminiscing the loss of my former state
Hanging on for dear life
Friend becomes the life jacket
Keeping me buoyant
Rooted in the present

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32 thoughts on “Dark Night of the Soul

    • I originally was going to write about psychologist Steven Pinker’s ideas of deviation from homogeneity from his book The Blank Slate and comment on Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. Maybe I’ll explore more in a different post, but I appreciate the fascinating topic! 🙂

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  2. Throughout life, it seems we reinvent ourselves. Child, student, worker, spouse, parent,… grandparent. Evolution is not always easy, but I would rather move forward than back.
    It is good to have supportive friends. 🙂
    We need all the life-jackets we can get 😉

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  3. Very nicely done! 🙂

    I’m sure that people suffering depression and a range of other issues could identify intimately to it also.

    Expressing our inner emotions is a key to living with them in a more effective fashion.

    Listened to Steve Pinker’s TED talk. Kinda tilts the Nature/Nurture argument heavily to nature?

    Have you read the Douglas Adams novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul?? 🙂

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    • Thanks! “Expressing our inner emotions is key to living with them in a more effective fashion.” I guess that is a reason why I enjoy journaling! 🙂

      Hm…didn’t Douglas Adams write “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” 🙂

      Yes, I can understand Steve Pinker’s bias considering his background. Don’t think I agree with everything he says though.


  4. And i for one enjoy your journalling too! ( and even my own sometimes. 😉 )

    Spot on! – Mr Adams did write the 5 part HHGG ‘trilogy’. I loved it. He also wrote the Dirk Gently books about a ‘holistic’ private detective who believes that everything is connected (Holism) and so he could solve a mystery ( such as a missing cat) while sitting in a pub and having a quiet drink! ( Nice work if you can get it!)

    The series is even weirder than the HHGG even though it is mostly set in late 20th century London. 🙂

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    • 5 part trilogy?? That’s new news for me! Hmmm…. I will see if I can find Dirk! I’ve enjoyed British fiction and television.

      A friend once told me, after observing me, that she thought I was more holistic than dichotomistic and introduced me to the concept of systems thinking. When I studied more about it, I thought it was fascinating that most Americans think dichotomistically due to their individualistic nature and lean towards linear logic…..which would explain why this guy I once dated said I wasn’t logical enough for him… 🙂

      I wonder if how my parents raised me affected how I think about stuff, non western mindset??

      Boy what a segway! I will have fun this weekend! 🙂

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