A flock of birds, my questions rise,
a twisted path in a tangled jungle,
whispering may and might and not answers,
every tree a priest of my unknowing.
In the temple, fog.
Easy to resent this religion of obscurity,
the keen temptation of wisdom,
deification of the dumb.
But however vast the mountain view
it is partial, small in the universe.
This I know:
what I know is nothing, imagined.
When I know
I presume, and forget you.
Rather this cloud of honest mystery
on this very real
rather the longing,
yours as much as mine,
this hand I hold
in the dark.
August 19, 2019