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“DESPAIR” by David Whyte

An exceptionally esteemed friend had introduced me to the writings of David Whyte a long time ago. His page is one of the few platforms where I spend meaningful time when my Facebook activities at large are concerned. Recently, I have come across the article below among many other thought-provoking deliberations by this renowned poet, author and public speaker. And today, my obvious intent – with reason – is to share with you his reflections on the concept of “despair” and our conceptualizations of this phenomenon.

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Elegy – 6

I had recently composed this poem in German.  My translation method here is somewhat liberal.   I hope you will enjoy my work with the words in their English transformation.




no final contact

warning failed


despaired devastation,

destroying humiliation


self-respect, departed

massive grief, incapable of solace


too late to await

to expect at last

that what was evidenced

many years ago…



a mere I without a name


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NaPoWriMo Challenge: Day 18

Once again, I will meet a daily NaPoWriMo challenge, namely Day 18 by Cathy Evans – according to whom one is expected “to write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.”  Before I venture into my poem, though, I want to take us all to Encyclopedia Britannica for a background information on in medias res,the literary technique of mention within the same prompt:

“( Latin: ‘in the midst of things’) in narrative technique, the recommended practice of beginning an epic or other fictional form by plunging into a crucial situation that is part of a related chain of events; the situation is an extension of previous events and will be developed in later action. The narrative then goes directly forward, and exposition of earlier events is supplied by flashbacks. The principle is based on the practice of Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. The Iliad, for example, begins dramatically with the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon during the Trojan War. The Latin poet and critic Horace has pointed out the immediate interest created by this opening in contrast to beginning the story ab ovo (‘from the egg)—i.e., from the birth of Achilles.”


great despair

professional dead-end

labor-rich occupation

health concerns-laden living

gravely limited means

private life, non-existing


The alternative?

His sole question.

You loved not once

but twice

yet both have gone their ways

your stronghold – your mother

no longer

father, remarried

brother, wedded

but you…

I worry.


He, on a pedestal

same with my brother

they would know, I resolved

forced the heart’s un-yearning aside

stayed on, and on, and on


until it broke

the rope that held me back


went where I had left it off




exhaled again


and again




on the path

of the spirit

the authentic one

freed yet once again

from pre-natal melancholy

in a vane attempt

to pre-empt

the persistence of

great despair



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