A daytime photograph of a large field. The field is divided into two halves. The left half of the image shows the field in a vibrant green, covered in thick grass. The right half of the image shows the field in decay, colored brown with dead grass. A caption appears at the top of the image, reading "light/dark."


This post is published as part of a personal archival project of my poetry and other creative works. The actual publish date of this post is Friday, April 19th, 2024, but the publish date of the post reflects the original date of authorship. This archival project aims to digitize a selection of written works that exist only in my private records. Enjoy.

Which is a lie: darkness or lightness?

Light illuminates all details,
Corners, etches, ink, faces,
The true nature of things is found.

Dark marks the details,
Obfuscates what you thought as truth,
An alternate reality presents itself.

Darkness is a master of tricks,
Or is it the light that plays with the head?
Whose word are you to take?

Where light exposes kindness, gratitude, warmth,
Dark brings hostility, hate, cold,
Both complement and counteract another.

Which is a lie: darkness or lightness?

The answer lies within,
Neither one is entirely true itself.
The secret lies within dawn and dusk.

Photo by elizabeth lies on Unsplash. Modified by Justin W. Flory. CC BY-SA 4.0.

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