Faith…is tensile, and cool, and has no need of words


In the winter I am writing about, there was much darkness. Darkness of nature, darkness of event, darkness of the spirit. The sprawling darkness of not knowing. We speak of the light of reason. I would speak here of the darkness of the world, and the light of _______. But I don’t know what to call it. Maybe hope. Maybe faith, but not a shaped faith— only, say, a gesture, or a continuum of gestures. But probably it is closer to hope, that is more active, and far messier than faith must be. Faith, as I imagine it, is tensile, and cool, and has no need of words. Hope, I know, is a fighter and a screamer.

~ Mary Oliver, from “Winter Hours” in Upstream: Selected Essays


Watercolor: Boyana Petkova (Bulgaria)


  1. Faith to me is a belief in something without question. It gives me hope, it makes me try to be kind and giving to the less fortunate, to love and appreciate humanity and nature in all it’s glory. It is my light in my darkest hour.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with peace and joy.

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  3. Yes, hope – always hope.

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  4. Lovely, lovely Mary. She always gets it just right….. (As do you with your word/image pairings, pal…)

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  6. roseanne333 says:

    I love MO. Apropo for these times, I believe. We just need to hang on to that Hope.
    Happy Christmas week, David, to you and yours.

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  7. I still don’t know what to call it either.
    But it’s there, and it’s strong and beautiful.

    LOOOVE the painting.

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  8. Hope, I know, is a fighter and ascreamer – MO

    Hope, I hope, is a fighter and ascreamer – me

    Hoping (not, against) with Hope.

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  9. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this quote David! ❤
    Diana xo

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  10. Lovely, Davd. I’d be saying ‘hope.’

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