In Praise of Darkness


In Praise of Darkness

Night falls, but day
breaks. A raw deal,

no doubt, but fairness
applies itself unevenly. Who

chooses weeds over
lies, flowers over truth?

Last night’s rain fell, too,
but didn’t crack the drought.

Again, we think injustice!
Again, we consider falls.


63 thoughts on “In Praise of Darkness

  1. Good questions! I’d take a true weed over a lie any day. Forgive me if my reading is too literalist… I live in the countryside, surrounded by wonderful plants that many might name weeds. Discussion of metaphors aside, this poem caused me to do several doubletakes, and I appreciate that.

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  2. Reblogged this on 21 Shades of Blue and commented:
    I like this Robert. It reminded me of these words by two other great poets:

    “Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun; Now I may wither into the truth.”
    — William Butler Yeats, “The Coming of Wisdom With Time”


    “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”
    — King David of Israel, excerpt of Psalm 139 “Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart”


    It also reminded me of this tanka I wrote on the 6th of this May.

    I suppose a rose,
    just like a soul, will not grow
    where rainclouds won’t flow

    I’ve grown in the desert, so
    is my soul a Cactus Rose?

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  3. Words or weeds, we can’t help but fill them with our own meanings, our own value judgements. Where I put each on the scales seems to determine the balance of the day, and in turn, the meaning and value I assign the days determines *my* balance. I love how you said it.


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