dark dove

as many times as you must

enter the fullness of the dark
where the deep lessons are kept

and if what you find seems to you evil
then leave however you can

you will return

if however you find hopelessness
and can no longer offer defense

for the crumbling mask /
then be still and listen

and if on that day

when cruelty hangs low in the sky
and you doubt even your own intentions

if on that day you see
a dark dove sipping water from a stone

and you smile and say, Yes. A teacher has come.

then you have begun, my beloved
and you cannot remember when