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Poetry Friday: Forgiving the Darkness by Alice B. Fogel

September 27th, 2019 (06:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Ocean by VÉRITÉ

Darkness is not a death, does not obliterate,
will not bury you or take your breath away.
Darkness will not erase you the way it erases day with night
because darkness is not the clock but merely the time
falling away from the clock's circular face.
Darkness is not the loss but the thing misplaced,
not the hammer but the nail in its curved emergence
from wood's grasp, not the storm's insurgence
but the limbs broken off from their miraculous
suspension in a storm out far, beyond us.
Darkness is not about hearts, imperfect as they are,
but what leaks through their incorrigible doors, not the stars
but the glissade or glide of their dust.
Darkness no longer shields the hunters' musk
in search of you, or turns you to animal prey,
it is only a measure of weight or days.
Not something without a beginning or an end,
it is not even—especially not—an end.
Nor is it vertigo, nor the whole, but merely a piece.
No, darkness is but a ghost of an idea, the least
remembered, most estranged prayer, and your fear
but a lingering, limbic fear torn from shreds of forgotten years.
Only that much is clear.

- Forgiving the Darkness by Alice B. Fogel

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Posted by: Carol Varsalona (cvarsalona)
Posted at: September 27th, 2019 03:49 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday

Very interesting perspective on darkness that I enjoyed reading-

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 27th, 2019 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Poetry Friday

Thanks for commenting!

Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: September 28th, 2019 01:29 pm (UTC)

I like the idea of the "is, but not" response, & this "not the stars/but the glissade or glide of their dust." It's lovely to contemplate.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 28th, 2019 03:11 pm (UTC)

The re-framing of it works so well.

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: September 28th, 2019 11:42 pm (UTC)
dark

These are such interesting interpretations of and reactions to darkness. I'll have much to think about.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2019 01:36 am (UTC)
Re: dark

It's definitely an interesting thing to think about!

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