Ways of Knowing

“the outline of what he learns”
            –Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
Hierarchical needs
Create stone stacks
To a non-existent god.
Doubt displaces belief,
I believe. Love needs
No proof to know.
Not only the clear
Path lays the way
Through a dark wood.
Side steps by tangles
Allow departures past
Shapes only alluded.
I hold the dark
Cognizant itself
Of more than I am.
(August 29, 2017)

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