Why empty need not frighten us

Passing through walls hurts human beings, they get sick from
it, but we have no choice.
It’s all one world. Now to the walls.
The walls are a part of you.
One either knows that, or one doesn’t; but it’s the same for
everyone except for small children. There aren’t any walls for them.


The airy sky has taken its place leaning against the wall.
It is like a prayer to what is empty.
And what is empty turns its face to us
and whispers: “I am not empty, I am open.

Tomas Tranströmer, Vermeer

4 thoughts on “Why empty need not frighten us

  1. I think emptiness is frightening for most of us, because we’ve never learned to be with it. When we can perceive it as okay, and quit making it wrong and something to escape, we’ll be able to see emptiness as a friend.

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