Poem: la noche oscura

la noche oscura

Not darkness, obscurity.
Not shadow, life with no light.

Not grasping at goals, but falling into the chasm.
Not knowing the secrets, but shattering the lies from which we drink truth.

Not blinded in black, but hidden in light.
Not loss alone, but loss that liberates.

Not denial of the real, but refusal of attachment
Not taking down the untraveled road

Not staggering, lost in the circles,
Without knowing where to walk.

Not sure in our safety,but imperiled in obscurity
Not attached to this fragile world, but searching for more urgent longings.

Not insanity, madness.
Not despair, but revelation in doubt

Not the path to death, but infinite birth.
Not my last night,but a more kindly dawn.

Image credit: By El Greco -View of Toledo, at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13482756

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