resting in darkness

In Black and White, Inspiration
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I have been recovering from surgery and haven’t picked up my camera in weeks. Really, all I have been doing is resting so I can heal. As much as I miss my ordinary life, resting in darkness is something I am quite comfortable in. So, today I offer you my magnolia blooms in black and white, paired with two of my favorite poets.

(In my sleep, I dreamed this poem)

Someone I loved once gave me

a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand

that this, too, was a gift.

“The Uses of Sorrow” by Mary Oliver

“The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb-time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impressions falls away. We rest in the night.”
~John O’Donohue

May all who need rest take it.

~Staci Lee


  1. Resting so you can heal. And these images are a place to rest. Thank you for these wise words and this gentle reminder of how listening to my body is essential for healing. I’ve pushed through all kinds of pain, both physical and emotional, in my life and now I see how harmful that really was. It was only after I rested that I began to improve and see a new life ahead. Wishing you a full recovery and sending hugs!

  2. Ah, John O’Donohue. Might be time to listen to his On Being episode again. Love all this. Hope you are healed and rested, my friend <3

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