Dreading Lent in an Election Year, a morning meditation. 

“Within the light there is darkness, but do not be attached to this darkness. Within the darkness there is light, but do not look for that light.”*   

Before there is any Light that I can see

while it is still night with me,

already you are my heart’s Yes

responding to your Presence,

more felt and yet the inner eye

sees ruddiness on a charcoal-cheeked sky,

a blush on the ebony face of Love toward me;

it’s true

the darkness is not dark to you,

not the Earth’s, nor man’s, nor mine.

even there your hand shall lead me,

in your right hand, i am Thine;

in an instant my house all stilled,

thy Breath a whisper at my heart’s ear:

“Do not be afraid, I Am right here.”

c. j.nevills 2.1.2024

* from The Sandoki by Sekito Kisen (8th c.)  transl. R. H. Blyth, quoted in the introduction to Longing for Darkness, Tara and the Black Modonna, A Ten-year Journey by China Galland, c. 2007, pp.x