08
Jan
11

nigredo

nigredo

A life that once made sense is now breaking apart,
rearranging its self.

It needs a big yellow sign
over its liminal condition
that reads
“Under Construction—Expect Delays.”

I have no advice to offer these days.
No commentary.
No comfort.

My full-contact eyes
and non-judging heart
have to be enough.

What to cut?
What to keep?

For those answers I need quiet
to hear the beating of my own heart.

Do I hear the lightening of heart,
or a deadening thud?

Alhough you can see me looking out the window
at the green mountains,
at the view that is closing in,

and I look still and harmless,
even lazy,
the sputtering reactivity of chemical reaction is occurring.

The darkening is happening.
The nigresence
has dangerously
and recuperatively
begun.

Viola Moriarty
revised 2011


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