Speak to him, for there is none born wise.
-The Maxims of Ptahotep
In mourning or rejoicing, be not far from me.
- an Ancient Egyptian Love Song
But your embraces
alone give life to my heart
may Amun give me what I have found
for all eternity.
-Love Songs of the New Kingdom, Song #2
To Know the Dark
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is travelled by dark feet and dark wings.
Up in the morning's no for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a' the hills are covered wi' snaw,
I'm sure it's winter fairly.
Visit to the Hermit Ts'ui
Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies,
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers,
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.
Mistress of high achievement, O lady Truth,
do not let my understanding stumble
across some jagged falsehood.
Every Gaudy colour
Is a bit of truth.
I counted two-and-twenty stenches,
All well defined, and several stinks.