Sunday, February 15, 2009

Spirit in the Night



author’s note:

“All night I could not sleep
 because of the moonlight on my bed.
 I kept on hearing a voice calling:
 Out of nowhere, Nothing answered ‘yes’.”
            -- Zi Ye  (trans. Arthur Waley)


SHADOW FLIGHT

I’m so happy to see you
passing through
in these late hours
--though you’re only a shadow
pressed against the wall,
bent by the corner
where ceiling meets wall.

Sometimes at night, spirits go out.
Just as people do during the day,
they search.  And as a result, can seem lost,
confused.
But birds always know where to roost
though their patterns of flight
appear
disjointed.

Whatever guides a shadow
remains unseen, unknown--

whatever guides a shadow understands
that trip and loss are necessary.
Understands that some must crumble,
some must be razed
in order to find
the stone foundation.

© 2009, Michael R. Patton
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