“dark feet and dark wings”

September 22, 2009

TO KNOW THE DARK              

                                                                        – WENDELL  BERRY

 

“To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.

To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,

and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings

and is travelled by dark feet and dark wings.”

 

 

        C A U T I O N    

                                                        –RAYMOND  CARVER, from “A New Path To The Waterfall”

 

Trying to write a poem while it was still dark out,

he had the unmistakable feeling he was being watched.

Laid down the pen and looked around. In a minute

he got up and moved through the rooms in his house.

He checked the closets. Nothing, of course.

Still, he wasn’t taking any chances.

He turned off the lamps and sat in the dark.

Smoking his pipe until the feeling had passed

and it grew light out. He looked down

at the white paper before him. Then got up

and made the rounds of his house once more.

The sound of his breathing accompanying him.

Otherwise,  nothing.  Obviously

Nothing.

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3 Responses to ““dark feet and dark wings””

  1. blissbait said

    keep lighting the room
    frightened others blow it out
    i light it once more

    Thought provoking poems. Thank You!

    May All Beings Be Happy.

  2. javajune said

    Simply beautiful. Sorry I’ve been absent lately. i hope to get back to work very soon.
    xo-jj

  3. Evelyn said

    “He checked the closets. Nothing, of course.
    Still, he wasn’t taking any chances.”
    yes, truly

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