What is conceived and shaped and held by light
What comes to life in the light
These things don’t exist in the dark.
The dark isn’t what you think.
Or what you imagine in the light
The dark to be.
I wanted to illuminate the dark
And see for myself its different heart.
And give it a voice.
I assumed such tricks could be turned.
I was wrong.
The dark can’t be penetrated by light.
You can not know the dark without living in the dark.
Published in Program for “Discovery”/The Nation Poetry Contest
May 5, 2003.