Singing the Vision

People say,
honor the light inside you.
I say, I do honor it.
I honor it by allowing it
to cast the shadows it casts.

People say,
it is better to light a candle
than to curse the darkness.
I say, why would anyone
curse such a warm blanket
as darkness?

People say, go into the light.
I say, yes, I do —
and then I turn around
and adore the spill of deep night
from which I came,
and I turn and run back into it.
People say, oh my,
why can’t you be happy?
I say, I am happy —
I am fully in the folds of joy,
though not without sorrow
backing it like a quilt,
like the lining of a curtain
which holds back the light
and the eyes of the prying people
who cannot imagine this
quiet, this sacred shade.
People say so many things
that turn life into a switch —
light on, light off, this is good,
this is bad. 
I say, here is the idea
of the dimmer, the fader,
the deepening. I say
I’m in the midst and from there
both sides seem to beckon me.
That I stand in one to better see
the wholeness of the other is my
role and calling. I cannot stop singing
the vision long enough
to take time to entertain
what people say.

About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

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