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Joseph Jon: Midnight Nekyia
Illustration: Joel Bentley

 
 
 

I must have come through the Ivory Gate:
The Sun is asleep but his daughters awake
And tell me they will take me to Dark Night,
Far from Thalamus and the sensible paths,
The Hubble Universe and mathematical handshakes,
Far from where they shudder into daybreak,
To be carried through All Places by Her
Who waits, ready, in dark Vancouver alleyways,
Willing to teach me All Things.
The world is off but my eyes are unclosed,
And I am curious about the shadows
That stretch their hands to reach into consciousness:
I am aware and sense them whispering, forgotten,
And know myself instantly, despairingly, with smiles.
The old wino had warned me of these dreams
And how with wine to speak with some and dull the rest:
But She tells me She will teach me All Things.
I must have come through the Ivory Gate.

 

 
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