‘Gnothi seauton’† 

We did not know darkness until we saw the light

– yet experience casts its shadows

even upon the perceiver.

Meanwhile, in plain sight

we see ourselves in a ‘here and now’

– an image held up to itself

framed in oblivion.

† The Delphic maxim: ‘Know thyself.’

 

Mike Laidler

 

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