Take a Seat

Table and Chair

Take a Seat © 2011 Bo Mackison

. . . and you find yourself alone
and you must speak to the stars
or the rain-filled clouds
or anything at hand
to find your place.

When you are alone
you must do anything
to believe
and when you are
you must speak
with everything
you know
and everything you are
in order
to belong.

If I have no one to turn to
I must claim my aloneness.

If I cannot speak
I must reclaim the prison
of my body.

If I have only darkness
I must claim the night.

And then,
even in the closest dark
the world
can find me.”

~ an excerpt from “What I Must Tell Myself” by David Whyte

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Harkens back to Gilbert O’Sullivan’s song “alone again” from the 70s. Very interesting image.

  2. Joanne Keevers says:

    I enjoy being alone, just spending time in my own company Bo, although I know others who can’t tolerate the idea of being alone (my mother and my daughter spring to mind immediately!)

    It’s an interesting poem, which I think is placing as much emphasis on acceptance as it is on being alone. Your photo matches the words beautifully. 🙂

  3. I like the repetition of circles and the bright colors.

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